Friday, January 3rd, 2020
Radon is an odorless, colorless, and invisible gas caused by the decay of trace amounts of uranium in the earth’s crust. The resulting gas has been classified as a carcinogen by the EPA and is responsible for roughly 21,000 lung cancer deaths in America each year, making it the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers.
In recognition of the threat that radon poses, the EPA has made January National Radon Action Month in the United States. If you’ve been ignoring the threat of radon, then this January is the perfect time to learn more and get your home tested.
While radon may be associated with basements, even a home without a basement is at risk. Radon is frequently found in crawl spaces, first floors, and even second story rooms. Radon has also been found in every U.S. state.
The good news though is that January is the best time to test since radon levels are higher in the winter. A qualified radon testing contractor like RCS can make the whole process go smoothly. Our radon tests use a simple and painless three-step process:
If your home tests higher than 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) then the EPA strongly recommends that you have a radon mitigation system installed. It can also be a good idea to install a radon mitigation system even if your radon levels are simply between 2.0 pCi/L and 4.0 pCi/L.
No matter how high your radon levels might be, there’s no need to panic. A qualified contractor, like RCS, can install a radon mitigation system that will reduce even the highest radon levels to a safe point. Contact us today to learn more about our radon services and schedule your radon testing or mitigation today!