Understanding Radon Gas
Radon is a cancer Causing Radioactive Gas
You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung
cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.
If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Radon can be found all over the US
Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S.
It can get into any type of building—homes, offices, and schools—and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time
Radon is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. Radon Testing is the only way to find Radon Gas.
you should test for radon - Only way to know is to test
Radon Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. EPA also recommends testing in schools. Testing is inexpensive and easy—it should only take a few minutes of your time. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon
how to test for radon
there are 2 ways to test
short term testing:
The quickest way to complete Radon Testing is with short-term tests. Short-term tests remain in your home for two days to 90 days, depending on the device. “Charcoal canisters,”“alpha track,”“electret ion chamber,”“continuous monitors,” and “charcoal liquid scintillation” detectors are most commonly used for short-term testing. Because radon levels tend to vary from day to day and season to season, a short-term test is less likely than a long-term test to tell you your year-round average radon level. If you need results quickly,however, a short-term test followed by a second short-term test may be used to decide whether to fix your home.
long term testing:
Long-term radon testing systems remain in your home for more than 90 days. “Alpha track” and “electret” detectors are commonly used for this type of testing. A long-term test will give you a reading that is more likely to tell you your home’s year-round average radon level than a short-term test.
what your test results mean
The average indoor radon level is estimated to be about 1.3 pCi/L, and about 0.4 pCi/L of radon is normally found in the outside air. The Northeast Florida average Radon Tests Results are above 2.0 pCi/L, which exceeds the US average. Yes, Northeast Florida has Radon Exposure. The U.S. Congress has set a long-term goal that indoor radon levels be no more than outdoor levels. While this goal is not yet technologically achievable in all cases, most homes today can be reduced to 2 pCi/L or below. Sometimes short-term tests are less definitive about whether or not your home is above 4 pCi/L. This can happen when your results are close to 4 pCi/L. For example, if the average of your two short-term test results is 4.1 pCi/L, there is about a 50% chance that your year-round average is somewhat below 4 pCi/L. However, EPA believes that any radon exposure carries some risk—no level of radon is safe. Even radon levels below 4 pCi/L pose some risk, and you can reduce your risk of lung cancer by lowering your radon level.
If your living patterns change and you begin occupying a lower level of your home (such as a basement) you should retest your home on that level. Even if your test result is below 4 pCi/L, you may want to test again sometime in the future. Again, the only way to determine if Radon Gas is present in your home is complete Radon Testing.
Florida Department of Health and Bureau of Environmental Health, Radon Program
The House Authority Inspection Service can provide Radon Testing that meet the Florida Department of Health Criteria as we are the State of Florida Department of Health Certified, Certification # R2666. Radon Measurement Technician.
We use many means of testing including (CMU) Continuous Monitoring Units, Charcoal Canisters, Alpha Tracks, etc., we use what is best for your property. Our reports are digitally delivered to you and depending on the means of testing can be delivered immediately. State of the Art Testing and Reporting.
How does radon get into your home.
Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. Radon from soil gas is the main cause of radon problems. Sometimes radon enters the home through well water. In a small number of homes, the building materials can give off radon, too. However, building materials rarely cause radon problems by themselves. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in homes in your state. Contact your state radon office (https://www.epa.gov/radon/findinformation-about-local-radon-zones-and-state-contact-information) for general information about radon in your area. While radon problems may be more common in some areas, any home may have a problem. The only way to know about your home is to test. Radon can also be a problem in schools and workplaces. Ask your state radon office (www.epa.gov/radon/whereyoulive.html) about radon problems in schools, daycare and childcare facilities, and workplaces in your area (also visit https://www.epa.gov/radon).
THE RISK OF LIVING WITH RADON
Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. Not everyone exposed to elevated levels of radon will develop lung cancer. And the amount of time between exposure and the onset of the disease may be many years. Like other environmental pollutants, there is some uncertainty about the magnitude of radon health risks. However, we know more about radon risks than risks from most other cancer-causing substances. This is because estimates of radon risks are based on studies of cancer in humans (underground miners). Smoking combined with radon is an especially serious health risk. Stop smoking and lower your radon level to reduce your lung cancer risk. Children have been reported to have greater risk than adults of certain types of cancer from radiation, but there are currently no conclusive data on whether children are at greater risk than adults from radon. To know if Radon Gas is present is to have Radon Testing completed in your home.
Facts about Radon Gas
- Radon Gas is Radioactive and a Carcinogen
- Radon Gas is the number 2 cause of Lung Cancer
- Radon Gas is in every home at various levels
- Radon Gas present in homes can be fixed
- Radon can not be seen, is odorless and tasteless
- Radon can change your body cells DNA causing cancer
- The only way to accurately determine if Radon Gas is present in your home is to have a Professional Radon Testing completed