Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States and the leading cause for non-smokers. Northern Virginia is at higher risk area for the radioactive gas, and correcting the problem is a relatively simple process. Knowing ahead of time is critical.
When it comes to the health of your family or employees, you can’t afford to take chances. So when it comes to radon, it’s imperative that you get answers. Exposure to radon can result in a number of serious health issues. And while older homes and buildings are more likely to fall victim to radon problems, those who work or reside in newer structures are also at risk.
At Red Oak Home Services LLC., we offer comprehensive radon inspections and tests designed to give you the answers you need and the peace of mind you deserve.
What is Radon?
Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. The release of this
radioactive gas enters the air you breathe, causing a potential health risk to you and your family.
Radon gas can be found just about anywhere. It can get into any type of building—homes, offices, and schools—and build up to high levels.
What are the Risk Factors?
The EPA, the Surgeon General, and The Centers for Disease Control all have agreed that continued
exposure to radon gas can cause lung cancer. In fact, their position on the matter is that all
homes should be tested for radon gas exposure, and all homes testing over 4 pCi/L should have a mitigation system installed.
What you should know about Radon
Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas. You cannot see radon and you cannot smell it or taste
it, but it may be a problem in your home. This is because when you breathe air containing radon,
you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon
is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
You should test for radon. Testing is the only way to find out about your home’s radon level. The
EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing of all homes below the third floor for radon. Some
areas of the country are more prone to radon than others. You can fix a radon problem. If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways to fix a radon problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
If you are buying a home
The EPA recommends that you determine the radon level in the home you are considering buying. An EPA publication, “The Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide,” is available through most State Health Departments or Regional EPA offices listed in your local phone book. The EPA also recommends that you use a certified or state licensed radon tester to perform the test. If elevated levels are found, it is recommended that these levels be reduced. In most cases, a professional can accomplish this at reasonable cost for a mitigation system that adheres to the EPA’s approved methods for reduction of radon in a residential structure.
How Does Radon Enter the Home?
Typically the air pressure inside your home is lower than the pressure in the soil around your
home’s foundation. Due to this difference, your house acts like a vacuum, drawing radon gas in
through foundation cracks and other openings of your home. Radon may also be present in well water
and can be released into the air in your home when water is used for showering and other household
Potential Entry Points
1 – Cavities inside walls
2 – Cracks in solid floors
3 – Construction joints
4 – Cracks in walls
5 – Water supply
6 – Gaps in suspended floors
7 – Gaps around service pipes