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What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural radioactive decay of radium, which the natural decay product of uranium. Is a naturally occurring gas.
You can’t see it . You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it. It can not to be detected by the human senses. Is the 2nd leading cause of Lung Cancer.
Your family may be at risk for exposure. The EPA estimates that 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. has an elevated level of Radon gas.
The amount of radon in the air is measured in picocuries per liter “pCi/L”. The EPA action level is 4.0 pCi/L
But if you live in Maryland, it may be preset in your home, and it may AFEECT your Health. GEO Environmental Services recommends that all homes be tested for Radon especially if located Zones 1 or 2 (see map)
Where is it found? How does the gas get in?
Radon is found in the soil and rocks. It can enter your home and or office through cracks and gaps in the foundation walls.
Any home can have a problem. This means new homes, old homes, well-sealed drafty homes, and even homes with or without a basement.
Radon may also be present in well water and soil.
Testing for radon is affordable and easy.
What are the health effects?
Radon gas contains radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe it in. These particles release small bursts of energy that can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer.
Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths caused by radon, ALL major health organizations including the American Lung Association, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Medical Association agree with the – up to 22,000 people die of lung cancer each year being exposed to Radon gas .
What can you do?
The good news is that GEO Environmental Services can test for Radon levels, it’s AFFORDABLE & EASY! If your test results show that your Radon level is above the EPA standard of 4.0 pCi/L, Radon Mitigation can safely and effectively reduce the Radon the levels to below EPA standards to ensure a worry free healthy living environment.
What are the testing methods available?
Minimum/Maximum test 48 – 96 hours
Results in 2-3 days
Residential Measurement Provider
ID Number #109080 RT Expiration 03/31/2019
Environmental Protecting Agency www.epa.gov
Radon Q & A
Q: Do scientists believe that radon can cause health problems?
A: Some scientists do believe that radon can cause health problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The American Lung Association and the American Medical Association, believe that radon causes thousands of lung cancer deaths each year. They also believe that radon related cancers have a much higher incidence among smokers.
Q: How long does testing for radon take and how much does it cost?
A: There are different types of testing that vary in expense and time involvement. Professional measurement providers can give short term results in as little as 48 hours and typically cost between $150 to $200. DIY tests usually cost less but generally would require a longer wait for the results. Also, certain protocols should be followed in order to get accurate test readings. DIYers may not be aware of such protocols and wind up with misleading results.
Q: If my home tests high for radon, can the problem be fixed?
A: Yes. Mitigating radon in homes can be done. In fact, most often the methods are not that complicated. Usually it’s a combination of sealing certain areas and ventilating others. If you need to mitigate radon in your home, you should contact a qualified professionals like those found at the following site. www.radongas.org
Q: Does the type of home have an effect on how high the radon can be?
A: The type of home can influence the levels of indoor radon accumulation. With that in mind, radon can still be a problem in any type of home. The greater factor of how high radon can be in a home has to do with the local geology. This factor includes how much uranium deposits there are in the soil that is under and around the home.
Q: Is radon a problem only in certain parts of the country?
A: Radon does vary in concentration in different areas. There are areas in every state that have tested high for radon. The way to be sure that you do not have a radon problem in your home is to test for it.
Q: If the neighbor’s home was tested and did not have a radon problem, does this mean that my home is probably ok too?
A: The test that was done next door should not be relied upon to determine your homes radon levels. One home can test ok and the one next door not. Because radon levels can differ from one house to the next, the best thing to do is test your home for radon.
Q: Should I test my home’s water for radon content?
A: You can if you want but the primary concern for radon in a home is with the radon in the air. Although radon may get introduced into the air via its content in the water, usually the radon content in water passes through our bodies too quickly to be harmful. It’s the radon content from the air we inhale into our lungs that adheres to lung tissue and causes damage. If you correct radon in air problems, most often that solves the risk of health-related problems caused by radon in both air and water. In rare cases radon in water can be a problem. For more information on radon in water, visit the following link. http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/radon/basicinformation.cfm
Q: If high radon is discovered in a home, can it complicate the sale of the home?
A: As discussed earlier in the Q & A section, fixing radon problems can be done with relative ease. Therefore, in most cases, a decision on whether to buy a home based solely on its radon content could be misguided.
Q: If I have been living in my home for many years, does it still make sense to test it for radon now?
A: If your home has a high level of radon it can affect your health at any time. The sooner you know that you have a problem with radon, the sooner you can have it corrected. No matter how long you have been in your home, reducing the radon levels now will reduce the risks to your health in the future.
Q: Can a short-term test determine if you need to fix your home?
A: If the levels of radon discovered by a short-term test are exceptionally high, the correct response would be to mitigate the problem ASAP. If the levels of a short-term test are more border line, then a long term test can be done to get a more accurate judgment of the radon levels while taking into account the overall extended living conditions.