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How to Maintain Healthy Indoor Air Quality – Step 4: Test Your Home for Radon

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that emits from the ground and disperses quickly outdoors. However, radon gas can get into homes through foundation cracks and concrete. It does not disperse quickly indoors and can become a serious health hazard, especially since you cannot detect it with your five senses.

The effects of radon exposure may not become evident for years. It eventually can cause lung cancer, especially if coupled with a smoking habit. It IS the second leading cause of lung cancer in the USA. Radon found in water is also dangerous as it can become airborne, especially from water used for showering and cooking.

There is no test to determine the amount of radon a human has been exposed to. Some radon progeny can be detected in urine and lung and bone tissue. The only way to get a sense of the level of radon exposure is by measuring radon levels in the air. If the test results are 4.0 pCi/L or above then the EPA recommends mitigation. However, levels below 4.0 can also be dangerous, but can still be reduced. If a mitigation system is installed, it should be tested to ensure that the radon levels are below 4.0 pCi/L.

CALL HAWKEYE AT 978-897-7130 as we are offering various types discounts on radon testing for the month of January 2020 during Radon Awareness Month. #radon #radonlevels #radontesting #radonairquality #radondanger #radoninthehome

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