January is National Radon Action Month! Let’s take action together to save lives.
For Homeowners: Learn More About Radon
Radon comes from uranium in rocks and soil. In a natural radioactive decay process, the breakdown of uranium produces radium and then radon gas which contains radioactive particles. When the radon gas is inhaled, the radioactive particles can cause changes in the lung tissue and DNA. Over time, this can lead to lung cancer. Radon typically enters from beneath the house, with the highest radon levels accumulating in crawlspaces and basements. The EPA, the U.S. Surgeon General, and other environmental and health agencies and organizations encourage all Americans to test their homes, schools and other buildings for radon. Radon-induced lung cancer is preventable, but we must take action.
How You Can Take Action Against Radon
During National Radon Action Month (NRAM) you can take action:
- Test your home for radon
- Visit National Radon Action Month events in your location
- Encourage friends & family to test their homes
- Use the EPA’s Event Planning Kit to organize events
- If you’re looking for a new home, search for a radon-resistance home
How to Reduce Radon Levels in Your Home
First and foremost, use a long-term radon test to ensure there aren’t high levels of radon in your home. If your radon system indicates levels over 4pCi/L, it’s time to contact a professional radon contractor for a mitigation system.
When radon is in the air, a mitigation system needs to be set up. A certified radon contractor will look at the structure of your home to determine which mitigation system is best for you.
RadonAway works with a team of certified radon contractors across the country who have years of experiencing installing radon mitigation systems. Regardless of which state you reside in, we’ll provide you with the right contractor. Explore our Find a Radon Professional page to fill out a form and get in touch with a radon mitigator today.