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Radon

Health Effects

  • RADON is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers
  • Over 21,000 people die each year from radon induced lung cancer
  • Smokers who are exposed to RADON have 20 times the risk of developing lung cancer
  • Lung cancer now surpasses breast cancer as the number one cause of death among women
  • Learn more about the health risks of radon


Statistics

  • Locally, anywhere from 26%-50% of homes are testing high for RADON depending on the county you live in.
  • National averages are only 15% of homes testing high for RADON
  • The statistics are the same for ALL HOMES - new/old, basement/no basement
  • Each point of RADON gas (measured in pCi/l) is the same as smoking 2.5 cigarettes per day (EPA's action limit of 4.0 pCi/l is the same as smoking 10 cigarettes per day)
  • RADON is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers
  • Over 21,000 people die each year from radon induced lung cancer - that's more than those that die in house fires, drowning or from texting while driving accidents
  • About 1 in 15 RADON mitigation systems installed nationwide isn't working properly


Testing

  • The only way to know your RADON level is to test
  • In Indiana and many other states you must have a license to conduct professional RADON testing
  • The US Surgeon General recommends ALL HOMES be tested - new/old, basement/no basement
  • A short term test can be conducted over 48 hours, is relatively inexpensive, and gives you a good idea of what your radon levels are in a snapshot
  • The most accurate test is a long term test performed anywhere from 90 days up to a year
  • Professional testing equipment takes many factors into consideration such as weather, interior climate, tampering, etc and gives an hourly reading in a graph format
  • The EPA asks homeowners to consider fixing levels over 2.0 pCi/l, and placed the ACTION LIMIT at 4.0 pCi/l
  • Testing should be done every 2 years as climates change and your home's footprint may have as well
  • Weather can affect testing, but doesn't mean it will
  • Post Mitigation testing is just as important as 1 in 15 systems installed are not working properly and require some form of adjustment


Remediation

  • A mitigation system can be installed to ventilate dangerous RADON gas out from under the slab before it penetrates the home's foundation
  • Mitigation systems typically run in the $800-$1,200 range
  • In Indiana and many other states you must have a license to install RADON mitigation systems
  • Sometimes systems can be installed through the garage and attic to hide the mitigation fan depending on where the mechanicals are located in the basement
  • Solely relying on sealing cracks and putting a lid on your sump pump are generally not effective means of lowering high levels of radon and are NOT considered an active RADON mitigation system

 

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