In 2004 we had a heating and air conditioning customer call us with a radon problem in their house. At that time I did not even know what radon was, but in an effort to make sure our customer was taken care of and safe I began studying radon.
Radon is a colorless, and odorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in most rocks and soil. It is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water Radon is harmless when dispersed in outside air, but when trapped in buildings can increase the risk of lung cancer, especially at elevated levels. According to EPA's 2003 Assessment of Risks from Radon in Homes, radon is estimated to cause 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. According to the Surgeon General radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. Smokers who are exposed to elevated levels of radon are 28 times more likely to develp lung cancer than non-smokers.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a web site addressing Radon In Alabama that addresses radon in Alabama more thoroughly and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also has a site that addresses radon its affects and how to deal with it.
EPA recommends testing all homes for radon. The only way to know whether your house has elevated levels of radon is testing. According to EPA if your home radon level is 2.5 pCi/L or above you may want to mitigate your home. If you have a radon of 4.0 pCI/L or above you are at risk and your home should be mitigated.
In an effort to protect and serve our customers we have become certified to perform radon measurement and radon mitigation if we can be of service or help explain anything about radon please contact us for further information.
Radon testing kits are now available at our office.
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