DOES RADON CAUSE CANCER?

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Provided by Disaster Blaster

While radon has been discussed a lot lately, it is a relatively new concern for home owners.  Whether a high radon level was detected through tests during a home sale, or as a result of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s various educational campaigns, it is being addressed with newfound seriousness.

But why is radon a concern now? 

Unfortunately, the more we learn about radon, the greater the concern.  An odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas, radon is undetectable without special testing equipment, which means home owners often don’t know they have a problem.

This is why the PA DEP has taken such proactive steps to educate the public about the risk radon poses.  Through education and increased awareness, radon issues can be addressed affordably and radon levels reduced to within an acceptable range.

Does radon cause cancer? 

This is by far one of the top questions we receive.  Through extensive research into the effects of radon exposure, the medical and scientific communities have not only linked radon to cancer but determined that it is actually the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States (second only to cigarette smoke).  For those who are smokers, the risk of developing lung cancer is greatly increased if you are also regularly exposed to radon.

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally as a result of the breakdown of radioactive materials in soil.  When this occurs under a home, radon gas can enter through the foundation, where it can accumulate to unsafe levels.  Studies have shown that, when this radioactive gas is breathed in, tiny radioactive elements (radon progeny) lodge in the lining of the lungs, where they release additional radiation.

Are high radon levels common in Northeastern PA? 

Unfortunately, yes.  Current estimates are that 40% of homes in Northeastern PA have higher than acceptable radon levels; that’s 2 out of every 5 homes!

In order to determine if you have a radon problem in your home, testing must be conducted.  Many home inspectors are licensed to perform radon testing, and canister tests are also available at many home improvement stores.

How are radon issues resolved? 

High radon levels can be addressed with the installation of a radon mitigation system that essentially vents radon gas from below the basement slab up above the roof line.  This prevents radon gas from accumulating in the home, ensuring a safe living environment for you and your family.

In the State of Pennsylvania, all radon mitigation firms must complete and maintain extensive training and licensing to ensure they are qualified to install radon mitigation systems properly and effectively.  When choosing a radon mitigation firm, it’s always recommended to request a copy of their state licensing to ensure they are qualified and legally able to install your radon mitigation system.

While radon has been around for a long time, it is just now getting the attention it deserves.  While we have attempted to answer the most common questions we receive, please feel free to contact our offices with any additional questions you may have.

About Disaster Blaster

Disaster Blaster is an indoor environmental firm serving the Northeastern PA Area.  Having provided our local area with unparalleled water damage mitigation, mold remediation, asbestos abatement, and radon mitigation services for decades, we are proud to have been recently named the world’s greatest company providing such services.  For more about Disaster Blaster, as well as more helpful tips, please visit our website at: www.disasterblaster.com or call our office at (570) 963-1123.