January is Radon Action Month! Resolve to Test Your Home For Radon to Protect Your Health
With the arrival of January, we all make resolutions to improve our health. We vow to get back to the gym, make better food choices and to follow our doctor’s recommendations. Here’s a suggestion that takes just minutes but could have a big impact on health for yourself and your family.
Test your home for the presence of radon.
Radon is radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil. It collects below the foundation of a home then seeps inside through cracks in the walls or floor, expansion joints, sump pits, and other foundation openings. It is odorless, colorless and tasteless so it is impossible to detect without a radon test. It is known carcinogen responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the US. The US Surgeon General recognizes that radon is the number one cause of non-smoking related lung cancer and recommends that ALL homes be test for radon and mitigated if levels are above 4.0 PCi/L (picocuries/liter).
A radon test is very easy for any homeowner to conduct. Test kits are available from radon mitigation professionals and home improvement stores for approximately $20. Performing a radon test is a quick and affordable way to learn if you and your family are exposed to the dangers of radon gas.
If radon levels are high, they can easily be decreased. A radon mitigation professional can design a radon removal system to effectively lower the radon in your home. Radon systems efficiently eliminate radon from below the foundation before it can enter the house. The price for a system is comparable to other moderate home improvements and they cost no more than a 6o watt light bulb to operate.
Radon is a health concern that can be easily eliminated. This January, resolve to test your home to determine if you and your family are at risk. Give yourself peace of mind, knowing that your home is radon free.
For more information on how to test for radon, visit: www.radon-pennsylvania.com/radontest
About the author: Katherine Fisher is the co-owner and Vice President of SWAT Environmental of Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelors degree from Purdue University in Environmental Sciences and is NRPP certified in radon measurement and radon mitigation.