Surgeon General's health advisory...
"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. It can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques." - January 13, 2005
Learn how to test your home for radon gas...
Radon Gas...You can't see or smell it, but you do have it in your home. How can I make such a statement? Because it is a naturally occurring gas that emanates from the soil, ground water and even the oceans of the world. Thus a zero level is not possible. Regrettably the chances are great that your indoor radon level is higher than out on the back porch.
We dig a hole in the ground in order to place the foundation for a building in it. We have in effect taken the cork out of a portion of the earth.Yes the top soil and vegetation serves as a cap for the earth.
Next, we build a dwelling that is as air tight as possible. So we have just corked the bottle with our house and we now live inside of it.
All appears to be safe and secure, but... houses breathe.
Actually a house is like a big vacuum cleaner. Think of it this way...We heat our homes in the winter. Where does the warm air go? Yes, it rises up through the roof, thus a portion of the air that is released is replaced or suctioned into our homes from the ground. This condition also occurs whenever the wind blows or the barometric pressure changes.
The result is that soil gases in the vicinity of your basement will enter your home through cracks and penetrations in the basement floor and walls.
What should you do?
I can't begin to tell you how many people there are that just can not bring themselves to do this simple inexpensive 2-7 day test.
Why? Here might be a couple of reasons.
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My dear Mom remarried some years back. Her new husband had just lost his wife of many years to lung cancer who, by the way, never smoked or even worked outside of the home.
Mom and Ralph lived happily for about 10 years. He developed heart problems and passed away.
After a year or so, Mom decided to sell the house that Ralph and his former wife had lived in for 30+ years...
The new buyer had a radon test done and the level came back at 14pCi/L more than 3 times the EPA's action level of 4pCi/L.
Needless to say, Mom has a new worry added to her life, after spending 12+ years in that house. She did have a short-term charcoal test done before buying her new home and had the seller mitigate the house before she purchased it. The level was 12pCi/L.
Mom is now well informed on the dangers of this cancer causing gas.
Sad to say this kind of experience is what it takes to get some people's attention.