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What Is Radon?

Radon is a poisonous gas that comes from uranium in the ground.  It comes through the foundation of homes and buildings and it can cause lung cancer.  All homes have some level of radon and because you can’t smell or see radon, the only way to know if you have high radon levels is through a radon test.

How Dangerous is Radon?

The danger level of radon is determined by how many picocuries are measured during a radon test.  The World Health Organization recommends radon mitigation if the level is 2.7 or higher and the EPA recommends radon mitigation if the level is 4.0 or higher.  Living in a home with a radon level of 4.0 has the same risk of lung cancer as someone who smokes 8 cigarettes per day or someone who has had 200 chest x-rays in a year.  The EPA estimates that over 21,000 people die from lung cancer caused by radon each year.  Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and more deaths are caused by radon than by second-hand smoke.

What If Your Radon Levels Are High?

If your radon levels are unsafe, you should have radon mitigation.  Radon mitigation consists of drilling into the foundation and installing a pipe connected to a fan that sucks the radon out of the building and into the atmosphere.

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