Understanding What Happens if You Have Radon Levels Above 4 pCi/L
If you or a radon contractor have recently discovered radon levels at 4 pCi/L or higher, it’s crucial to reduce these levels through mitigation. When you discover radon levels of 4 pCi/L or higher, the emitted alpha particles can hit the sensitive lining of the bronchi. Over time, cells in your lungs become damaged, which increases your risk of radon-related lung cancer.
The Risks of Living with High Levels of Radon
While scientists still do not know the full extent of the health risks associated with radon, radon is accepted as the second leading cause of lung cancer overall and the first for nonsmokers. Smokers are at a significant risk of developing lung cancer when living or working in a building with high radon levels. Additionally, children and the elderly are considered to have greater radon-related health risks.
You could develop radon-induced lung cancer depending on factors such as:
- The amount of radon in your home
- How much time is spent in the home
- If you smoke or have ever smoked
It’s important to note, if you’ve performed your own short-term radon test and found radon levels over 4 pCi/L, you may wish to have a radon professional retest your home.
Get Radon Mitigation Immediately
Once you discover elevated levels of radon in your home or building, you’ll want to hire a qualified radon contractor to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer. Radon reduction systems are effective upon turning on the fan. Not only do these systems reduce radon levels but Active Soil Depressurization (ASD), the most commonly used technique to reduce radon, can also reduce other soil gases, moisture, and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). . For those of you looking to sell your property, it’s especially important to fix a radon problem before listing your home.
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