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Information About Radon

 

What's all the fuss about radon ? What is it ? What does it do to us ? These are all good questions about radon and its concerns. Let's take a look at radon and see if we can answer these questions. What is Radon ?  Radon is a radioactive gas. It is created by the natural decay of uranium that can be found in some soils. Radon gas tries to escape from the soil and if it finds a way into a home (cracks, joints, gaps) it will enter and start to accumulate inside. While some types or ages of homes might be more susceptible to higher radon levels, all homes may have a radon problem. Also, radon levels may not be consistent in the same neighborhood. Houses that are next to one another could have radon levels that are totally different. We have measured radon levels that are 10 times a neighbor's level. What does Radon Do to Us?  Many independent and government studies indicate that exposure to excessive radon levels will cause lung cancer. These reports indicate that only cigarette smoking causes more lung cancer than radon. The reports also indicate that each individual is different and some people do not get lung cancer, even after being exposed. What this means is that no one is exactly sure how much or how long radon takes to effect us. One fact that is without question is that it is safer to be in a radon free environment than a exposed one. What About Testing My Home ?  Usual the best way to test for radon is to hire a EPA or State Licensed Radon Testing company. They will follow testing protocols and procedures that provide more accurate results. Placement, environmental conditions, duration, and laboratory quality are just some of the factors that need to be considered. It is recommended that you take action to reduce your home's radon levels if the radon test results are above 4 pCi/L. The cost of reducing radon levels depends on the design on your home and the severity of the problem. The cost of reducing the radon (known as mitigation), usually averages between $500-$2500. You can call Double Check Home Inspections at (609) 208-9798 for more information on testing for radon.  
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* Check all window and door locks for proper operationfall maintenance tips * Check your home for water leaks * Review your fire escape plan with your family * Make sure there are working nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs * Have a heating professional check your heating system every year * Protect your home from frozen pipes * Replace your furnace filter * Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone * Test your emergency generator * Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper * Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures * Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms * Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss * Make sure that the caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring