Radon gas is a natural yet radioactive byproduct of uranium and radium breaking down in the soil. It’s released into the atmosphere and attaches to particles in the air. It then gets inhaled and over time builds up in lungs.
Radon enters our homes from all types of foundations. Basements, slabs and crawlspaces are all at risk for potential elevated radon levels.
Radon enters your home through basement or foundation access points or cracks and it is entirely odorless, tasteless and colorless. Human sensory perception simply does not allow the detection of radioactive radon gas. Couple that with the fact that few of us open our windows anymore, and homes are built air-tight for energy efficiency so once radon enters our homes, it stays.
Radon is a radioactive, naturally-occurring gas in the environment. Upon entering homes, it attaches to dust and other particles in the air which when inhaled over a sustained period of time can become a threat to your health. The radioactive particles can attach to healthy lung tissue causing abnormal tissue growth and ultimately lung cancer.
(January 13, 2005) U.S. Surgeon General, Richard H. Carmona, issues a Health Advisory warning Americans about the health risk from exposure to radon in indoor air. The Chief Physician urged Americans to test their homes to find out how much radon they might be breathing.
Dr. Carmona also stressed the need to remedy the problem as soon as possible when the radon level is 4 pCi/L or more, noting that more than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer each year.
(2005) Two studies show definitive evidence of an association between residential radon exposure and lung cancer. Two studies, a North American study and a European study, both combined data from several previous residential studies. These two studies go a step beyond earlier findings. They confirm the radon health risks predicted by occupational studies of underground miners who breathed radon for a period of years.
Early in the debate about radon-related risks, some researchers questioned whether occupational studies could be used to calculate risks from exposure to radon in the home environment. “These findings effectively end any doubts about the risks to Americans of having radon in their homes,” said Tom Kelly, Former Director of EPA’s Indoor Environments Division. “We know that radon is a carcinogen. This research confirms that breathing low levels of radon can lead to lung cancer.”
(2009) The World Health Organization (WHO) says radon causes up to 15% of lung cancers worldwide. In an effort to reduce the rate of lung cancer around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched an international radon project to help countries increase awareness, collect data and encourage action to reduce radon-related risks.
(2016) You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Radon can be found all over the U.S. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building—homes, offices, and schools—and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.
Central Indiana is one of the worst regions in the country for radon exposure due to our soil composition.
The counties in BLUE on the map are at an elevated risk
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In other states, every time a home is bought or sold, it is required by law to test for radon. Indiana has no such laws and consequently, many aren’t aware of the high risks or the need for radon testing.
As the EPA recommends, we place the test device(s) in the lowest level of the home that could be used regularly, whether it is finished or unfinished. We offer four distinctly different radon testing options that are all EPA-approved. Short-term and long-term tests are available. Short-term measurements lasting between two and 90 days, while longer term tests are considered more accurate as they remove seasonal or weather changes.
The goal of radon mitigation is to effectively move air from underneath the home’s foundation and exhaust it outside. Basements are the most prevalent, but crawl spaces and cement slabs also have high radon activity and that’s where mitigation installation takes place. We offer four systems:
Each system includes a post-mitigation test.
Mitigations options will vary as no two homes are alike. To learn more about each system and what option would work best in your home, contact us today. We fully guarantee our systems to maintain radon levels BELOW the EPA recommended level for 5 years after installation date. At Pure Air Environmental, we work hard to ensure the satisfaction of our clients while making sure their family and homes are safe. To us, every breath matters.