January is National Radon Action Month. During the month of January, the EPA works to raise the public’s awareness about radon and the importance of radon measurement — especially in homes.
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All of us at Clear View Inspection Group want you to have a Healthy, Happy, and Safe New Year as well as a Healthy, Happy, and Safe Home! Starting January 15th, we are offering $30 OFF on Radon Measurement in Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding areas. This offer is in conjunction with the home inspection. ~Kevin Saunders, Owner
What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas created from uranium’s natural breakdown in soil, rock, and water. It can be in the air you breathe and enter your home through small cracks, gaps, and other holes in the foundation.
Dangers of Radon
In recognition of the National Radon Action Month, Ohio health officials urge people to have their homes measured for radon this January. Columbus is the county seat of Franklin County, which, according to the EPA Map of Radon Zones, rates as Zone 1 (highest potential).
According to the EPA, high or moderate levels have been found in all 88 Ohio Counties, including Columbus. The EPA’s current radon action level is 4.0 pCi/L but, 38% of Ohio’s counties have elevated levels. Any home can have elevated levels. These levels can also vary even for homes next to each other due to construction and geography.
It would help to have Radon Measurement in your Columbus, Ohio home. Radon is a health hazard and is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer next to cigarette smoking. Since it is colorless and odorless, it’s hard to detect unless a radon measurement is done. Radon is called a silent killer. Many homeowners have no idea how toxic this gas is. Studies show a correlation between breathing high concentrations of radon and lung cancer. According to the EPA, smokers are more susceptible to lung cancer due to radon inhalation and smoking’s synergistic effects. A person who never smoked but was exposed to 1.3 pCi/L has a 2 in 1,000 chance of lung cancer, while a smoker has a 20 in 1,000 chance of dying from this disease.
Radon produces radioactive decay products called radon daughters or radon progeny. These decay products are robust and stick to surfaces as dust particles that can easily be inhaled. Inhalation of contaminated dust can also cause lung cancer.
Since you cannot see or smell radon, measuring is the only way to know your levels. Radon poisoning may be one of the reasons why your house could be making you sick.
How Does Radon Enter Your Safe Home?
Radon gas can seep through minute cracks and other holes in the foundation, pores in concrete, and gaps in walls and floors. Common ways for radon to enter your home are as follows:
- Cracks, crevices, and holes in your foundation
- Cracks in the floors
- Construction joints
- Gaps in suspended floors
- Service pipes gaps
- Cavities inside walls
- Water supply
The EPA highly recommends hiring a professional to conduct the radon measurement, and you can Call Us Today for your Radon Measurement in Columbus, OH
Any radon level poses a health risk, but the EPA has set the action level at 4.0 pCi/L. While it’s impossible to reduce to zero, the best action is to achieve the lowest possible level.
The EPA recommends that you should “consider taking action” when the radon levels are between 2.0 pCi/L and 4.0 pCi/l. These levels carry some risk over long term exposure. Lowering the radon level reduces the risk of lung cancer.
Any radon levels over the EPA established 4.0 pCi/L are recommended to take corrective measures, i.e., installing a radon mitigation system that reduces the home’s radon gas concentrations.
Just because the home has elevated radon levels doesn’t mean it’s a bad home. It just means the radon needs to be managed and reduced to acceptable levels with mitigation.
Radon is a health risk, and the only way to know if the home has elevated radon gas levels is to have a measurement done. So Take Action during January’s Radon Action Month and Have Your Home Measured For Radon Today.
NOTE: Radon doesn’t only happen in January, so if you’re looking to purchase a home or if you’re looking to put your home on the market, or if you just want to know the radon level in the home you live in, knowing the radon level is powerful knowledge in the actions you take.
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