What is Radon, where does it come from, what’s its purpose, and how is it harmful?

What is Radon, where does it come from, what’s its purpose, and how is it harmful?

When speaking to the general public, most people are not familiar with radon gas. Sure, it is associated with pesticides or with radiation, as it sounds similar. Although, radon is actually a naturally occurring gas that can be seeping out from underneath your home or business. As a radioactive gas, it can cause long term health effects, such as lung cancer.

What is Radon and how is it harmful

Radon gas is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas. It is not particularly dangerous when breathing it outdoors. The air outside helps the naturally occurring gas disperse on its own. The problem is when radon gas gets trapped indoors. This is when it becomes deadly. Similar to other viruses lingering indoors for long periods of time, the probability is higher as the air circulates less.

When you buy a new home, rent an apartment, or have a new lease on an office, it is vital, and sometimes mandatory, to get a safety inspection. Does that include an air quality test? It should. By hiring our Ohio experts, we can test out the air for radon and other harmful gasses or chemicals. When you breathe in radon over time, it becomes dangerous. So toxic that it can cause lung cancer. In fact, according to the EPA, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer. On average, 1 in 15 homes contains radon above the EPA’s recommended limit.

If you think you need radon mitigation or a test for your apartment’s radon levels, call the experts in Dayton, Ohio today. Our service area includes Butler County, Warren County, residential areas in Mason, Lebanon, Middletown, West Chester, Liberty Township, and Dayton’s regions. You and your loved ones deserve to sleep with peace of mind. Call us to schedule an appointment: 937-433-5202

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Radon Test: What Increases Your Exposure Chances?

Welcome back readers! As you may have read in our previous posts, there are various ways we can be exposed to the ghostly gas: radon.

Radon Test

This natural occurring gas can be lethal if one is exposed at varying degrees. So you may ask yourselves, where is radon commonly found? The answer is: all over. This natural gas is found on our planet, no matter where you are. Want to be more specific on radon locations and levels? Check out this cool interactive map of the United States, here. The data presented on this website is collected and reported by Air Chek, the Environmental Protection Agency and various state and county health departments. From the looks of it, Ohio has an average radon level of 7.8 pCi/L. You can even check by counties if you click on the state of Ohio for radon levels. The recommended action level from the EPA website is at 4pCi/L.

A radon test performed by our technicians at Environmental Doctor can help mitigate your home or office radon levels. Radon mitigation dayton ohio is available by appointment, call us today!

Exposure to Radon in Various Ways

Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas. Small amounts of radon can be released through water, but it’s mostly found in soil. Are you currently buying a new home or thinking of remodeling in order to rent your home out? Think twice before spending thousands of dollars on luxury granite tops. Some forms of countertops can expose people to certain levels of radon. Is your drinking water source from a well? When was the last time you had a well water inspection? A radon detection dayton ohio is a great idea when living on a new property. Remember, being exposed to radon outdoors is not a serious risk. The risk from radon exposure is when that radioactive gas is trapped indoors.

Call us today to conduct a proper radon test for your home or office.

January 2019: Ohio Recognizes Radon Action Month

Here at Environmental Doctor in Dayton Ohio, we’re starting off the year with National Radon Action Month! Did you know that radon gas is dangerous and causes approximately 20,000 deaths in the US each year? In order to increase awareness on the risks of radon gas, undetectable to the naked eye and nose, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared January to be National Radon Action Month.

Why increase radon levels awareness? The best way to prevent a health risk from radon is to be educated on the subject and inform others. Most classify this type of gas as “the silent killer: radon,” which was actually a famous slogan years ago; in order to market radon testing in homes. Furthermore, radon is a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and unfortunately it’s a harmful odorless gas. We can’t see radon gas, we can’t smell radon gas and we can’t taste radon. Although we have made vast improvements on radon testing locally and across the nation, the public tends to forget that it’s still very much alive. Think about the places you and your loved ones spend the most time in. Whether it’s at home, a friend’s garage or relative’s home, school or work, radon is formed from the ground up. Naturally.

Radon Action Month

So may ask yourselves… What is radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas which is formed from the natural breakdown in uranium from rock, soil, and water. This odorless gas (radon) then travels up through cracks and spaces in your home’s foundation. The EPA advises that for National Radon Action Month, we test our homes, spread the word and encourage others to test their homes or commercial buildings and to learn more about radon gas risks. And as always, the Environmental Doctor is here to help you with indoor air testing in Ohio and to answer any questions.

Radon Doesn’t Warn You it’s Around

Radon is a silent killer. It is tasteless, odorless, and has no color. Check out this informative PSA from the EPA. Naturally occurring in rock, it is a result of the breakdown of uranium deposits deep in the earth. To help reduce the chance of radon entering your home, call the professionals. Environmental Doctor provides comprehensive radon testing solutions to protect your loved ones from the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

How Much Radon in my House?

According to the EPA, nearly one out of every fifteen homes in the United States has an elevated radon level. Radon is an invisible, odorless radioactive gas that is attributed with being the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The odds indicate that at least one of your neighbors, if not your own home, is at risk. Check out this video that explains how radon can impact your home.

But this is where it gets really scary. In Ohio, the chance that a home has enough radon to pose a significant risk to its occupants is about one in two. You read that right, around 50%. It seems likely that more homes in your neighborhood have elevated radon levels. Indeed, there’s a significant chance that yours might too.

Environmental Doctor specializes in radon testing, the only way to know for sure the radon level of your home or business. Don’t let the tale of a lovely home turn into a scary story.