Radon – what you need to know!
- Sep, 27 2023
Unseen Threats: Understanding and Mitigating the Health Risks of Radon in Your Home
In the realm of home safety, some threats are invisible but potentially lethal. Radon, a colorless and odorless gas, is one such danger that can seep into homes, putting occupants at risk of serious health issues. At Double H Inspections, we believe that knowledge is the first line of defense against unseen threats. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the health risks associated with radon, shed light on the importance of testing, and highlight how our advanced testing methods set us apart in ensuring your home’s safety.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that forms from the decay of uranium in soil and rocks. It can enter homes through the ground, and in enclosed spaces, radon can accumulate to dangerous levels. Prolonged exposure to elevated radon levels is a significant health concern, as it is the SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF LUNG CANCER after smoking, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Health Risks of Radon Exposure:
The health risks associated with radon are alarming. According to EPA estimates approximately 21,000 people die from radon-related lung cancer every year in the United States. Long-term exposure to elevated radon levels can significantly increase the risk of lung cancer. Radon decays into radioactive particles that, when inhaled, can damage the lung tissue over time. Smokers exposed to radon are at an even higher risk of developing lung cancer, making it crucial for both smokers and non-smokers to be aware of radon levels in their homes.
(2005) Two studies show definitive evidence of an association between residential radon exposure and lung cancer. Two studies, a North American study, and a European study, combined data from several previous residential studies. These two studies go a step beyond earlier findings. They confirm the radon health risks predicted by occupational studies of underground miners who breathed radon for a period of years.
Early in the debate about radon-related risks, some researchers questioned whether occupational studies could be used to calculate risks from exposure to radon in the home environment. “These findings effectively end any doubts about the risks to Americans of having radon in their homes,” said Tom Kelly, Former Director of EPA’s Indoor Environments Division. “We know that radon is a carcinogen. This research confirms that breathing low levels of radon can lead to lung cancer.”
Radon Levels and Recommendations:
According to Airthings, a leading provider of radon detection devices, the recommended action level for radon is 4.0 pCi/L . The WHO suggests that even lower levels, starting from 50 Bq/m³, can pose health risks. Wyoming, known for its unique geological features, is prone to higher radon levels. The Wyoming Department of Health emphasizes the importance of testing for radon to ensure a healthy living environment.
To grasp the significance of radon gas levels, let’s dissect the interpretations of radon readings:
Minimal Levels (Up to 1.3 pCi/L): concentrations below 1.3 pCi/L are considered safe radon levels, necessitating no immediate action. Nonetheless, continuous monitoring is prudent.
Low Levels (1.3 to 2.6 pCi/L): levels falling within this range are classified as acceptable radon levels. While immediate intervention is not imperative, regular monitoring is advisable. Additionally, homeowners can experiment with ventilation and sealing foundation cracks as a preventive measure.
Moderately High Levels (2.7 to 4 pCi/L): levels between 2.7 and 4 pCi/L are considered moderately high, warranting attention. Initial steps may involve enhancing ventilation and monitoring the situation. If no improvement is observed after three months, it is advisable to consult a professional radon mitigator.
Risk Levels (Above 4 pCi/L): levels exceeding 4 pCi/L (150 Bq/m3) for more than 1 month are deemed high, demanding immediate action. In such cases, homeowners should promptly seek for professional radon mitigation to address the radon problem.
Average readings in our area: Over the past year the average readings in our area for tests performed by Double H Inspections have been 6.3 for homes with basements and 5.4 for homes with crawlspaces. As you can see both homes on basements and homes on crawlspaces are prone to high levels of radon in our area. I hear from potential customers all the time that because they have a crawlspace vs. a basement they don’t need a radon test. That simply is not true, the environmental/geological factors below the soil have far more impact on your home’s radon levels than having a crawlspace vs. a basement.
Why Test for Radon with Double H Inspections?
At Double H Inspections, we prioritize your safety and well-being. Our advanced radon testing method utilizes the Airthings Corentium Pro, a state-of-the-art device designed for precision and reliability. Unlike traditional charcoal tests, the Corentium Pro provides real-time, continuous monitoring of radon levels. This allows us to capture fluctuations and variations in radon concentration, offering a more accurate and comprehensive assessment of your home’s safety. The monitors also track temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and movement. These help the inspector better determine why certain readings may exist or if the unit has been tampered with.
The Airthings Corentium Pro Advantage:
Accuracy: The Corentium Pro employs advanced technology to ensure precise and reliable measurements, offering a more accurate assessment of radon levels in your home.
Real-time Monitoring: Continuous monitoring allows us to capture fluctuations and variations in radon concentration over time, providing a more detailed picture of potential risks.
No Lab Delays: Traditional charcoal tests require laboratory analysis, which can lead to delays in obtaining results. With the Corentium Pro, we can provide you with immediate, on-site results, enabling prompt action if elevated radon levels are detected.
In the quest for a safe and healthy home, addressing unseen threats like radon is paramount. Double H Inspections is committed to empowering homeowners in Wyoming with the knowledge and tools needed to ensure the safety of their living spaces. By choosing our services you are taking a proactive step towards safeguarding your home and the well-being of your loved ones.
Contact us today to schedule your radon test and let us be your partner in creating a healthier living environment. Your safety is our priority. Schedule your radon test now!
For more information about radon please check out this Guide to Radon from the EPA