Radon is A Real Problem

Radon is A Real Problem

 

Radon causes an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the US every year.  Radon risk estimates are based on extensive epidemiological studies, and there is convincing evidence about its link to lung cancer.

  • According to Dr. R.l William Field, U.S. radon expert (University of Iowa), radon is the leading environmental cause of cancer death in North America.
  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after active smoking and the leading cause among non-smokers.

1.      Smoking has a synergistic effect on radon-related lung cancer.
2.      Radon reduction is the only way to protect  non-smokers from radon-related lung cancer.

  • An estimated 88% of Americans do not know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, according to survey data.

Many radon-induced lung cancer deaths are preventable.

  • Testing for radon and radon mitigations are techniques used in preventing radon-induced lung cancer.
  • There are also techniques on how to build new construction with radon resistant systems.

Many low and middle-income Americans either cannot or will not pay for radon mitigation.

  • Without financial assistance, many low income Americans do not have the financial resources to mitigate high radon levels
  • Without economic incentives, many middle income Americans are not yet convinced of the value of mitigating high radon levels.

Because of the recent housing booms, today there are more homes in the US with high radon levels than ever before.

Did You Know?

How Radon Enters Your Home

 

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.  Air pressure inside your home is usually lower than pressure in the soil around your home’s foundation.  Because of this difference in pressure, your house acts like a vacuum, dragging radon in through foundation cracks and other openings.  Radon may also be present in well water and small amounts can be released into the air in your home when water is used for showering and household uses.

 

Radon Reduction Techniques Work

 

Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%.  The cost of fixing a home generally ranges from $1200.00 and up, depending on the size of fan that is required, the amount of piping required and soil conditions around your home.