Is Your Home Toxic?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 by Jen Fox

Radon-- being odorless, colorless, tasteless, and in all ways utterly impossible to notice using any of the human senses-- is toxic and could be present in your home right now. Radon testing is the only way to know if your home is truly safe!

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by uranium decay in rocks and soil. It is found in each of the 50 states and it is estimated that nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. have elevated radon levels. Radon has become one of the highest leading causes of lung cancer- second only to cigarette smoke. Most radon-induced lung cancers occur from low and medium dose exposures in people's home. In fact, low level radon exposure over time is more harmful than short periods of high level exposure.

Radon deaths per year

*Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to EPA's 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes (EPA 402-R-03-003). The numbers of deaths from other causes are taken from the Center for Injury Prevention and Control Report and 2002 National Safety Council Reports.

Radon testing is easy, affordable, and accurate! Call Adirondack Basement Systems and we will send you a free in-home radon testing kit.

As a standard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has defined 4.0 pCi/L as the 'action level' for any indoor environment. However, even the smallest presence of radon gas can be harmful:

-The radiation in 4.0pCi/L level of radon is equal to the radiation of 100 chest x-rays. Most hospitals will only allow up to 4 chest x-rays per patient each year!

-1pCi/L level of radon is the equivalent of smoking 2.5 cigarettes per day

If you are uncomfortable with your results, Adirondack Basement Systems offers a free in-home consultation to assist in radon removal and radon mitigation for your home. Our office will schedule a convenient time for our Radon Mitigation Specialist to come to your home and assess your situation. During this time, Adirondack Basement Systems will conduct a structural analysis and design survey with you- detailing all the fine points of what goes into a successful mitigation.

 

 

About the author
Jennifer is the Director of Employee & Customer Relations at Adirondack Basement Systems.

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