Pennsylvania has one of the most serious problems with radon.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, one out of every 15 homes across the United States is estimated to have elevated radon levels. And thanks to the geology of our state, Northeastern Pennsylvania is affected. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 40 percent of the state’s homes have radon levels above acceptable EPA levels.
But what is radon? Why is it so dangerous? And why do you need to get a radon monitoring system for your home?
What is Radon?
According to the National Cancer Institute, radon is a colorless, odorless, and extremely toxic gas that is released when certain elements (uranium, thorium, and radium) found in rocks and soil decay. The gas seeps up from the ground and is diffused into the air. It may also seep into groundwater and is then released into the air. It’s present everyone; we breathe it on a regular basis. However, radon remains at very low levels while outside the home. Inside is another story.
Since it is a gas, it can enter your home through multiple ways — through your floors, windows, walls, and foundations. It can also come from the building materials of your home. Once it gets inside your home, it begins to build up. And if your home is well insulated and built on soil that has the elements of uranium, thorium, and radium, your radon levels will increase dramatically as time progress.
How is Radon Bad for You?
Radon contains tiny traces of radioactive material. When you inhale enough of these materials, you are damaging your lungs. This can lead to radon poisoning and lung cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. It is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.
How Can You Check Your Radon Levels?
It’s very important to periodically check your home’s radon levels to make sure it’s under 4 pCi/L. Purchasing a kit is easy — you can go to any home improvement store to pick one up or call us to speak with a professional for information about testing.
Once you receive the results and learn that your levels are high, you need to take steps to lower your levels quickly. The best solution is to install a radon monitoring system in your home to solve the problem and make sure it never happens again.
NEPA Radon Systems is a certified Pennsylvania DEP Mitigator which allows us to create the right system to reduce the radon concentrations in your home. Contact us today for a free radon monitoring system estimate.
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