What’s So Bad About Radon?
Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. Radon is invisible, odorless, and tasteless — making it impossible to detect without specialized equipment. Approximately 18,000 lung cancer deaths related to radon occur in the United States every year, and it’s estimated that 1 in 15 homes has radon levels above the thresholds recommended by the EPA.
What Exactly Is Radon?
Radon is a chemical element (Rn) and a member of noble gasses. It is radioactive and so can cause damage to the DNA of a living cell. Radon is naturally produced from the radioactive breakdown of uranium, thorium, and radium.
While radon is present worldwide, it can be especially troublesome in certain regions where there are high concentrations of uranium in the ground, such as specific areas in New England and northern regions of the United States.
What Can You Do about Radon?
The first step to protecting yourself and your family is to check radon concentration in the home. We provide radon tests using specialized equipment to give you an accurate measurement of radon concentration levels. If the radon measurement is greater than four picocuries per liter, then it is recommended that you install a radon mitigation system. The most common radon mitigation systems use a fan to pull in radon from beneath the house and vent it outdoors, where it is quickly diluted to safe levels.
Radon Testing in Minneapolis, St. Paul & Surrounding Suburbs
Whole House Observations provides radon testing in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding suburbs. Not sure if that’s you? Give us a call at (612) 434-0627 or email us.