Weather Master Heating and Air, a top local plumbing, heating and air conditioning company, would like to make everyone aware of the dangers of deadly radon gas.
Radon gas comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in almost every type of soil, water, and rock. This breakdown, while natural, is radioactive. It gets into homes via cracks in walls and foundations, gaps in flooring and piping, construction joints, and even the water supply.
The gas is colorless and odorless, so without proper ventilation in the home radon can build up to dangerous levels. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 1 out of fifteen homes has elevated radon levels.
“Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.,” says Lee Hill, Vice President of Weather Master. “Over 20,000 people die each year.”
Any type of building is vulnerable to radon gas, but since people usually spend the majority of their time at home, they are most often exposed where they feel they are the safest.
Hill continues, “Every home should be tested for radon. Radon testing can be done with a do-it-yourself kit or by a professional. Either way, you’ll know if you need to take action. There are radon solutions that can lower exposure by as much as 99%.”
Radon tests are simple. The radon detection kit is placed in the lowest-level of your home for a period of time, depending upon whether it’s a short-term or long-term test.
- A short-term test kit is used for between 2 and ninety days, depending upon the kit.
- A long-term test is used for greater than ninety days. This type of test will give you more of an idea of your year-round average radon level.
The test measures radon in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). The EPA recommends that homeowners initially perform a short-term test and if the results are more than four pCi/L, follow up with either an additional short-term or a long-term test. . For links and information, visit www.epa.gov/radon/radontest.html.
If you are concerned about your home’s radon levels, contact a qualified contractor. Qualified contractors may be located via an internet search or in the phone book. Quite often, whole-home ventilation is a viable option to reduce not only dangerous levels of radon, but also volatile organic chemicals, gas pollutants, and allergens. Weather Master can help ventilation and energy-efficiency efforts with an energy recovery ventilator (ERV).
For more information about Weather Master, visit www.weathermasterhvac.com.