BEWARE OF THE SILENT KILLER
Radon is a gas that cannot be touched, smelled, or seen. This gas comes from the earth’s soil and rocks and is everywhere. The EPA has linked Radon to lung cancer as well as other lung disease and says if the level of radon in your home’s air is greater than 4.0 pCi/L, you should take action and remediate immediately. While some areas are more prevalent than others, all homes should be tested for Radon due to modern building practices that promote an air tight and energy efficient indoor seal!
WHAT DO MY TEST RESULTS MEAN?
The current average level of radon indoors tested by a measurement professional in Illinois is 4.4 pCi/L. The outside air is about .07 pCi/L. Although radon mitigation in most homes can be reduce it to a level of lower than 2.0 pCi/L, the EPA believes that any radon exposure carries some risk. A person can reduce their risk of lung cancer by lowering their radon level. If your test results are below 4 pCi/L, you should still test periodically.
HOW CAN I LOWER THE RADON LEVEL IN MY HOME?
The primary system used to reduce radon levels is a vent pipe system and a fan. This sucks radon gas from soil beneath the house and vents it to the outside which is known as the mitigation system. The good news is that it does not require major changes to your home, and it is relatively inexpensive. Some of the ways to reduce radon in your home can be seen in the EPA's consumer guide to radon reduction. The cost of reducing radon in your home can vary depending on the type of construction you have. Reducing high radon levels does require technical knowledge and special skills. Make sure you use a contractor who is trained to fix radon problems. A qualified radon specialist can study the problem in your house and pick the right treatment method.