I had no idea but we have been doing research on radon test kits and found out that it is national radon month! Radon is radioactive gas that is harmful if found in high levels and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. While I know very little about radon, I thought I would post some info. Steve and I assume that we live in a home that needs radon mitigation but we have never had our levels tested.
Here is some info about radon taken from the oregon.gov site:
|What if my test reveals high radon levels?|
|The important thing is not to panic. Radon levels can fluctuate widely over time. If your result is 4 pCi/L or higher, take a follow up test. Follow up tests can be either a long-term or short-term: |
If the average of two short-term tests is over the action limit, or if the results of a long term test are over the action limit, you should consider fixing your home. You can reduce your risk of lung cancer by lowering your radon level.
|How much radon is too much?|
|Radon is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that homes with radon levels at 4 pCi/L or above be fixed. They also suggest that you consider taking action if the levels are between 2 to 4 pCi/L. Recently, the World Health Organization recommended a more conservative action level of 2.7 pCi/L.|
Radon gas is a natural part of the environment in which we live. The national average for radon concentrations in the outdoor air is .4 pCi/L. Although we can not entirely avoid radon gas, we can take steps to lower levels in our indoor environments. Reducing radon exposure reduces the risk of developing lung cancer.
If radon levels are elevated in your home, contact a Radon Mitigation Company to fix the problem. The Oregon Radon Program recommends that you utilize a company that is certified by the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) or the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).
Portland Online discussed how radon enters the home: through cracks and holes in the foundation and through the water supply.
|Another website discussed that radon enters through |
So you have high levels of radon?
I read on one website that you can irradicate the radon on your home by just opening your windows for several hours 1x/week but another website said that your windows need to be open 24/7. You can hire a company to irradicate your radon for under $2000 or you can do the work yourself. If we have high radon levels, which we probably do, Steve plans to do the system himself so we will post info as we find it on putting in your own system.