Friday, January 3rd by Shannon Brelsford
Due to the growing dangers of radon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated January as National Radon Action Month. So what is radon? Radon is a naturally occurring gas resulting from the decay of small amounts of uranium in the earth's crust. It has been classified as a carcinogen since 1988 by the EPA and is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers in the U.S. Every year roughly 21,000 American lung cancer deaths are attributed to radon.
While certain areas are more at risk, radon has been found in every U.S. state and is not limited to basements. In homes without basements radon has been found in crawl spaces, first floors, and even second floors. Don't put your family at risk! Use this January to learn a bit more about radon, get your home tested, and/or install a radon mitigation system!
Since radon is impossible to see with the naked eye and is completely odorless, you need specialized equipment to detect radon in your home. A qualified radon testing contractor, like one of our NRD dealers, can oblige.
Radon testing is a remarkably simple and painless three-step process:
It's as simple as that. Once these three steps are completed you'll know that your home is safe, or will know what you can do to make your home safe. January is a particularly great time to test for radon since radon levels tend to be higher in the winter.
While any level of radon can be dangerous, the EPA specifically recommends installing a radon mitigation system if your home has radon levels at or above 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). If you do have radon levels this high then there's no need to panic. A qualified radon mitigation contractor can install a radon mitigation system that will make radon almost nonexistent in your home.
The only key is to make sure you work with a certified radon contractor. We can help with that. As a leading network of radon contractors throughout North America, our authorized dealers are experienced and have gone through extensive training on properly installing radon mitigation systems. Whether you need radon testing or mitigation, contact us today to learn more and get in touch with your local, certified radon experts.