Radon Gas Measurements
Radon is estimated to cause thousands of deaths each year. In fact, the EPA and Surgeon General have warned that radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking. It is also the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in the U.S. today. Radon comes from the natural radioactive breakdown of Uranium in the soil, bedrock, and groundwater and percolates into the air. It occurs in all regions of the country and can exist in various types of buildings, such as residences, office buildings, or schools. However, the greatest risk of exposure is where you spend most of your time: your own home.
Detecting, Evaluating and Diminishing
EE&G continues to place an increasing emphasis on detecting, evaluating, and diminishing this cancer-causing, radioactive chemical. It is crucial for our environmental team to test for radon gas for clients regularly, because it has neither taste nor scent, and is practically invisible.
Testing is the only way to determine if you and your family are at risk for radon gas exposure. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon gas. Additionally, the Florida Department of Health has produced a short and informative Public Service Announcement video titled What is Radon? which explores the harmful effects of Radon and the importance of testing homes and businesses. Testing is inexpensive and easy, and should only take a few minutes of your time. EE&G can efficiently conduct testing for a variety of time periods.
What are the symptoms lung cancer from radon exposure can include:
- A persistent cough.
- Shortness of breath.
- Coughing up blood.
- Chest pain.
- Frequent infections like bronchitis and pneumonia.
- Loss of appetite.
- What levels of radon are acceptable?
- To this end, the US EPA has set an action level of 4 pCi/L. At or above this level of radon, the EPA recommends you take corrective measures to reduce your exposure to radon gas. This does not imply that a level below 4.0 pCi/L is considered acceptable, as stated in the BEIR VI study.
- What causes radon gas in houses?
- Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation.
- Is radon really that dangerous?
- Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. … The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer.
- How much does it cost to get rid of radon?
- The average cost of a radon system is between $800 – $1200. Homes with a crawl space, no gravel under the slab, or a completely finished lower level, a garage attic installation, etc. cost more.