Radon causes cancer.
According to the EPA, 21,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer each year. This number is second only to smoking-related lung cancer deaths. Radon is an odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that is created by the decomposition of uranium found in most soil. This dangerous gas is everywhere, all the time, but is more prevalent in certain parts of the country like the Midwest. It poses the greatest risk in homes, where it can be the most concentrated and people spend most of their time.
It is inexpensive and easy to test.
Home testing kits can be purchased online or from hardware stores like The Home Depot. You can also have your home tested professionally. The EPA recommends the following steps:
Step 1) Administer a short-term test. Make sure to follow instructions carefully to get the most accurate reading. If your result is lower than four picocuries per liter of air (pCI/L), then your home does not have unreasonably high levels of radon. No further action is needed at this time.
Step 2) If your result is four pCI/L or higher, follow up with another long-term test to learn more about your home’s average annual radon level. Or, for faster results, administer another short-term test. If your results are still high, you need radon mitigation.
Radon mitigation provides peace of mind.
If your home tests high, you should call or visit your state EPA office’s website right away. They will provide a list of qualified, licensed mitigation contractors in your area. Radon mitigation is not a do-it-yourself project. To ensure the radon does not enter your home, a contractor will insert a sealed pipe with fan into your concrete and up through your roof to reroute the radon. The solution may or may not be a simple one depending on the unique structure of your home and other variables. The average cost for Radon mitigation is $1200. This can vary depending on the design and location of your home. Installation of a radon mitigation system typically takes 5 to 8 hours. It starts working immediately upon completion.
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This is an updated blog. The original was published on November 7, 2014 and can be found here.