Did you know that January is National Radon Action Month? Do you know what radon is? Well, I can help with that. And yes, you should care what it is and how it may affect you.
I was surprised to read that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, according to the EPA. Health risks vary across the country, which depends on soil composition. Yes, radon is a natural byproduct of geologic decay, particularly uranium. Clark County is among seven counties in Washington that are categorized as a Zone 1 area by the EPA. That means we have the highest potential for unhealthy radon levels. Anything over 4 pCi/L is where you need to be concerned.
How do you know how much is in your house? There are tests kits available in most hardware stores. The radon levels in a home depend on soil composition and how easily it can get through a foundation. The best way to lower radon levels is depressurization. That is using ventilation to move the gas up and safely out of the home instead of sealing it out.
There are local companies that specialize in radon removal in homes. For more information go to www.epa.gov/radon.