Sunday, January 1st by Iris Doubleday
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Action Month. During this time, homeowners are encouraged to reduce their home’s radon risk and help spread the word about the dangers of radon gas. This is the perfect time to learn more about radon exposure and its health risks, and take action to protect yourself and your family from this dangerous natural contaminant. Keep reading to find out three important actions you can take to protect your health and the health of your loved ones.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, invisible gas, so the only way to detect its presence is by performing a radon test in your home. The good news is, radon testing is both affordable and easy, and there are several testing options you can pursue. National Radon Defense offers extremely accurate home radon test kits that you can perform yourself, with options for both short-term and long-term radon tests. If you're looking for faster and even more accurate results, schedule a professional radon test with your local National Radon Defense contractor. Your certified radon specialist will set up a Continuous Radon Monitor in the appropriate location and schedule a follow-up meeting to analyze the results and advise you on the best steps going forward.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States, surpassed only by smoking. This naturally occurring gas claims the lives of around 21,000 Americans each year, a tragic statistic especially when considering how easily preventable radon exposure can be. Radon can seep into any home or building through foundation cracks and other channels no matter how old or new the construction, so it's always a good idea to perform a radon test. During this year's National Radon Action Month, take the time to tell your friends and family about the health risks of radon and urge them to take steps to reduce radon exposure.
If a radon test has discovered radon levels at or above 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) in your home, contact your qualified radon contractor as soon as possible to set up a radon mitigation system. Radon mitigation systems work by providing depressurization, filtration, or ventilation techniques to effectively reduce radon exposure in your home and restore your indoor air quality to a safe and healthy state.
The EPA recommends hiring a certified radon contractor, but how can you know whether the company you are considering is fully qualified? Your best option is contacting your local National Radon Defense dealer. Our authorized dealers go through extensive training on how to install radon mitigation systems and must meet the highest industry standards in order to achieve their certification. All of our dealers are licensed with their respective states to offer radon services, and you can trust that your National Radon Defense contractor knows the best and latest strategies to reduce radon exposure and protect your home.
Take action to protect your health this January, and contact a National Radon Defense dealer in your area for professional radon testing and radon mitigation services!