GOT RADON? - Coletta Environmental Technologies Installs Radon Mitigation Systems for Air and Water!
U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona warned the American public about the risks of breathing indoor radon by issuing a national health advisory today. The advisory is meant to urge Americans to prevent this silent radioactive gas from seeping into their homes and building up to dangerous levels. Dr. Carmona issued the advisory during a two-day Surgeon General's Workshop on Healthy Indoor Environment.
"Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the county," Dr. Carmona said. "It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques."
Radon is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas, with no immediate health symptoms, that comes from the breakdown of uranium inside the earth. Simple test kits can reveal the amount of radon in any building. Those with high levels can be fixed with simple and affordable venting techniques. According to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates, one in every 15 homes nationwide have a high radon level at or above the recommended radon action level of 4 picoCuries (pCi/L) per liter of air.
National Health Advisory on Radon
Radon gas in the indoor air of America's homes poses a serious health risk. More than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer every year. Millions of homes have an elevated radon level. If you also smoke, your risk of lung cancer is much higher. Test your home for radon every two years, and retest any time you move, make structural changes to your home, or occupy a previously unused level of a house. If you have a radon level of 4 pCi/L or more, take steps to remedy the problem as soon as possible.
"Americans need to know about the risks of indoor radon and have the information and tools they need to take action. That's why EPA is actively promoting the Surgeon General's advice urging all Americans to get their homes tested for radon. If families do find elevated levels in their homes, they can take inexpensive steps that will reduce exposure to this risk," said Jeffrey R. Holmstead, Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
"Based on national averages, we can expect that many of the homes owned or financed by federal government programs would have potentially elevated radon levels. The federal government has an opportunity to lead by example on this public health risk. We can accomplish this by using the outreach and awareness avenues we have, such as EPA's Web site, to share information and encourage action on radon to reduce risks," said Edwin Piñero, Federal Environmental Executive, Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE).
Facts about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ):
Common ways to improve Indoor Air Quality:
Frequently Asked Questions About Radon:
What is Radon?
- Radon is a radioactive gas that is found all over the United States. It is odorless, tasteless and colorless. Radon gas comes from the decomposition of rock and soil from under the home. Radon occurs naturally.
How do I check for Radon?
- Radon testing should be conducted in the lowest level of your home, finished or unfinished. Tests should be placed in rooms that are frequently used, such as a finished basement room. You may want to do a test on the first level of living space to get an average of the two. Avoid testing in bathrooms and kitchens because moisture and severe change of temperature can effect the test. Coletta Environmental Technologies can supply you with Radon Test Kits for AIR and WATER.
What are the health risks?
- Just under smoking, Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
How does Radon enter the home?
- Radon enters the home through cracks in the foundation, cracks in the floor of the basement and pressure changes between the soil and the basement floor (if one is present). If radon is present in the water supply, it can be released into the air when you shower or use the sink. The only way to find out if Radon has entered your home is to test your air and water.
When should I check for Radon?
- You should test for Radon every year. Most often people check for radon before purchasing a home. This provides some room for negotiation with the seller to provide a radon mitigation system before you purchase the home.
What is the acceptable level of Radon?
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that levels at or above 4.0 pico curies per liter of air should be addressed and action should be taken to reduce the radon levels.
How much does an average Radon Mitigation System for Air cost?
- Many factors contribute to the cost of a Radon Mitigation System. Sump pump holes, exposed earth crawspaces and the condition of the basement concrete floor are all factors. Call Coletta Environmental Technologies @ 603-401-3563 for a free estimate right over the phone.
What are the most common methods of removing Radon?
- The three most common EPA appoved radon mitigation mothods are: 1) Sub-Slab Depressurization, 2) Sub-Membrane Depressurization and 3) Energy Recovery Ventilation/Heat Recovery Ventilation(ERV/HRV). Coletta Environmental Technologies can determine which method is best to reduce the level of radon in your home.
*Based on geographics, HRV's are more commonly used for areas that have longer and colder winter season.
Radon Information Links:
The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST), the radon industry's professional organization, provides information and links. http://www.aarst.org
Radon information from the U.S. EPA: http://www.epa.gov/radon/index.html
The National Cancer Institute provides fact sheets on radiation and radon: http://cis.nci.nih.gov/fact/3_52.htm
The National Safety Council offers many fact sheets on radiation and radon: http://www.nsc.org/issues/radon/
The American Lung Association's website provides tons of information. Enter "radon" in the Search option: http://www.lungusa.org
The National Environemntal Health Association's (NEHA) website has more information Radon. Go to: http://www.neha.org/
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