Radon Safe Inc. Protecting Your Home and Your Family
What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of radioactive Uranium found in our soil. Radon is estimated to cause up to 23,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the US. According to the National Academy of Science's Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation VI report, exposure to indoor radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking, but is also preventable.
HOW ARE PEOPLE EXPOSED TO RADON?
Radon is present in all homes, offices, and apartments in the Southwest Virginia area. The question is..... How much is in yours?
Radon is created when radioactive Uranium breaks down in our soil. Since our area contains about 50 pounds of Uranium per acre (if you dig only 5 feet!), all homes (buildings) should be tested for Radon.
Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas. It collects and concentrates under buildings and works its way up to living areas.
Once you have tested your home, Radon Safe can install a simple "Sub-Slab Depressurization" or "Crawl Space Ventilation" system that permanently reduces Radon gasses to a safe level.
IF YOUR HOME TESTS HIGH, YOU WILL HAVE TO INSTALL A RADON SYSTEM SOMEDAY TO SELL YOUR HOME SO.....DO IT NOW!
IS RADON A HEALTH HAZARD?
Radon gas causes lung cancer.
Radon is dangerous when concentrations of the gas reach high levels in closed areas where people live or spend time.
Radon is the main source of potentially harmful radiation to which the average American is exposed. Radon gas is the source of more radiation than all other natural causes – cosmic rays, man-made radiation, x-rays, nuclear medicine, and consumer products – combined.
Radon decays quickly, giving off tiny radioactive particles. When inhaled, these radioactive particles can damage the cells that line the lungs. Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer, the only cancer proven to be associated with inhaling radon. Radon is classified as a Group A carcinogen, defined as a substance known to cause lung cancer in humans.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THERE IS RADON IN MY HOME?
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon exposure. The EPA Citizens Guide to Radon describes commonly available tests for measuring radon concentrations in the home. The Surgeon General recommends all homes and schools be tested for radon.
WHAT DO I DO IF RADON IS FOUND IN MY HOME?
The EPA’s Action Level for radon levels is 4 picocuries per liter. You may want to take action if levels are between 2 and 4 picocuries per liter. With proper mitigation, levels can be brought below 2pCi/l.
In most cases, systems with pipes and fans are used to reduce radon. These systems prevent radon from entering your home from below the concrete floor and the foundation. The best method for reducing radon in your home will depend on the design of your home and how the radon enters it. There are methods for reducing radon from the crawlspace or from beneath the concrete floor or basement slab that are very effective. The average price for radon remediation is $900 - $1200.
IS THERE RADON IN WATER?
You are at risk for radon in your water only if you have a well.