Q: What is Radon and what are the health risks?
A: Radon is a gas formed by the breakdown of Uranium, a natural radioactive material found in all soil and rock. Long-term exposure to radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer for people who have never smoked.
Q; How can it cause lung cancer?
A: As radon breaks down it forms radioactive particles that can get lodged in your lungs while you breathe. The radon decay particles can then release radiation that can potentially damage lung cells. Once these cells are damaged, they may potentially form into cancer.
Q: How can you test for it?
A: You can test for radon by purchasing a test kit yourself or by having a certified measurement professional come in and test. Please feel free to contact us and we can help guide you about what type of kit to buy or where.
Q: My neighbor tested and had very low amounts of radon so I don't need to test, right?
A: Wrong, rocks and soil that contain uranium are not equally distributed. Your house may be over top of a higher concentration than the house next to you. It could also be that the soil under one house is more permeable than the next, therefore allowing radon gas a easier route to the surface. The only way to be certain is to test for it.
Q: How much does it cost to get rid of radon?
A: There are many circumstances that can effect the cost of a mitigation system, the only way to give a reliable quote is to first perform a communication test. This test helps us to size the system according to your houses' needs, while also balancing the costs associated with running the system. On average mitigation systems can be between $1000-$3000(including the diagnostic tests).