Radon

Radon Equals Lung Cancer

M3 Inspection only tests for Radon Levels; we will NEVER try to sell you a mitigation system. Mitigation is not our business that is why…
You can TRUST us for the accurate Radon level of the home. We use only electronic scientific radon reading meters. Unlike other companies, M3 meters are calibrated annually for accuracy.
We are certified by the NRSB (Nation Radon Safety Board) and certified Indoor Air Quality IAC2 for (Radon & Mold).
I have a deep commitment about your family’s health and well-being
M3 Inspection has been testing Radon Levels since 2003, when my own new home had a 19.6 pCi/L level.
EPA and the American Lung Association recommend everyone to check their Radon Level at least once.
Call to schedule a Radon test.

 

The U.S. Surgeon General’s office, the American Medical Association, the EPA, and the American Lung Association have stated that Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today (2nd to cigarette smoking). If you smoke and your house has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing for radon. Testing is not expensive, simple, non-evasive, and can be done in a short term test of 48-72 hours
Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the U.S. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil, rocks, and water buried underground and gets into the air you breathe. You cannot see or taste radon gas. It typically moves through the ground and enters your home through cracks or other openings in the foundation. Your home can then trap the radon inside and long-term exposure can be hazardous to your health.

radon-1RADON GETS IN THROUGH:

  • Cracks in solid floors

  • Construction joints

  • Cracks in walls

  • Gaps in suspended floors

  • Gaps around service pipes

  • Cavities inside walls

  • The water supply

radon3Sometimes a well-meaning seller, relative, or real estate agent will try to downplay the radon issue by telling you that only old houses have radon problems or that houses on a crawlspace or they say those with a walkout basement, or those with stone basements are so drafty that they don’t have radon problems. That is a myth and just plain not true! Any house can have a radon problem. This includes new and old homes, drafty, or well-sealed homes and homes with or without basements. Two houses side-by-side in the same neighborhood can have totally different indoor radon levels. A national study by the EPA has determined that 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. have elevated radon levels. In the Kansas City and surrounding area, it has been established that more like 1 in 5 houses have an elevated radon level, and the only way to find out for sure is by testing.
There are several ways to test a house for radon, including cheap do-it-yourself kits and canisters that the owner can buy for about $25 at a hardware store and do themselves. However if these do-it-yourself test kits are not handled correctly the results may not be reliable. The most reliable and accurate way of testing in the limited time span of a real estate transaction is by using an “electronic radon monitor.” “Electronic radon monitors” provide hourly readouts and other tamper deterrents that eliminate the false accusations and suspicions of seller or agent interference that can easily occur when using a cheap canister type of test device.

If the results of the radon test do show elevated radon levels, they can be easily and permanently fixed by a Certified Radon Mitigation Contractor. Since elevated radon levels are mainly a health hazed only after long-term exposure, its in your best interest to test the radon level prior to buying a new home. Once the radon situation is corrected, many people also notice the air quality in the home has been improved (no musty odors). The average costs of installing a radon mitigation system typically range from $800-$1200 (considerably less than replacing an older worn out roof or furnace). One final thought about radon; many people that work for large “Fortune 500 Companies” get transferred every few years. In these cases, the company often has a “buy-out program” that will offer to purchase their employee’s house if it doesn’t sell quickly. Most of these companies want a radon test on the house before they offer to purchase it. If you have radon at that time, its your problem and your expense.

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. On January 13, 2005, Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the U.S. Surgeon General, issued a national health advisory on radon.

radon-2Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water. Radon is a form of ionizing radiation and a proven carcinogen. Lung cancer is the only known effect on human health from exposure to radon in air. Thus far, there is no evidence that children are at greater risk of lung cancer than are adults.

Radon in the air is ever present. Radon is found in outdoor air and in the indoor air of buildings of all kinds. EPA recommends homes be fixed if the radon level is 4 pCi/L (pico Curies per Liter) or more. Because there is no known safe level of exposure to radon, EPA also recommends that Americans consider fixing their home for radon levels between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. The average radon concentration in the indoor air of America’s homes is about 1.3 pCi/L. It is upon this level that EPA based its estimate of 20,000 radon-related lung cancers a year upon. It is for this simple reason that EPA recommends that Americans consider fixing their homes when the radon level is between 2 pCi/L and 4 pCi/L. The average concentration of radon in outdoor air is .4 pCi/L or 1/10th of EPA’s 4 pCi/L action level.

For smokers the risk of lung cancer is significant due to the synergistic effects of radon and smoking. For our population about 62 people in a 1,000 will die of lung-cancer, compared to 7.3 people in a 1,000 for never smokers. Put another way, a person who never smoked who is exposed to 1.3 pCi/L has a 2 in 1,000 chance of lung cancer; while a smoker has a 20 in 1,000 chance of dying from lung cancer.

 

Unfortunately, many Americans presume that because the action level is 4 pCi/L, a radon level of less than 4 pCi/L is ‘safe’. This perception is altogether too common in the residential real estate market. In managing any risk, we should be concerned with the greatest risk. For most Americans, their greatest exposure to radon is in their homes; especially in rooms that are below grade (e.g., basements), rooms that are in contact with the ground and those rooms immediately above them.

It’s never too late to reduce your risk of lung cancer. Don’t wait to test and fix a radon problem. If you are a smoker, stop smoking. Consider quitting. Until you can quit, smoke outside and provide your family with a smoke-free home (www.epa.gov/smokefree).

In addition, EPA recommends testing every two years or following a significant renovation. EPA advises consumers to seek the advice of state public health officials and qualified measurement professionals for further guidance.

EPA says Radon gases should be vented into the air above a home’s roof, here is why:

Radon gas is approximately 7.5 times heavier than air. It is however a noble gas with no chemical affinity but is easily influenced by air movements and pressure. In a house with forced air heating and cooling, radon gas can easily be distributed throughout the entire dwelling. When radon gas is discharged via a radon mitigation system above the roof, the radon concentration falls off dramatically with distance from the point of discharge. In fact, the radon gas concentration approaches background levels at 3-4 feet from the discharge point. EPA disallowed ground level discharge of radon primarily because of the potential for re-entrainment of the gas into the house and because of the possibility of children being exposed to high radon levels. The concentration of radon gas at the discharge point can be tens of thousands of picocuries per minute.

 

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