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WHAT IS RADON? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that moves up through the ground to the air above and into homes or businesses through cracks or holes in the basement walls and floors. It can also dissolve into our water supply. Radon is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Any state that has elevated levels of granite bedrock is likely to have higher levels of radon present. Risk depends on how much and how long you have been exposed to radon gas, which is believed to be the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
WHAT ARE VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOCs)? VOC's are found in many household products, including: paints; wood preservatives; aerosol sprays; cleansers & disinfectants; air fresheners; automotive products and much more. VOC's vary in their potential to affect health.
Exposure to Radon Gas and VOC's can lead to serious health problems including:
  • Lung cancer
  • Irritation of eyes, nose and throat
  • Damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous system
  • Increased risk of a respiratory disease, such as asthma & allergies
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness & nausea
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE ELEVATED RADON LEVELS? We have 2 options for testing the radon levels in your home. The quickest and most effective is a DIY Digital Radon Detection System. The digital reader will give almost instant feedback and will constantly be monitoring. The most cost effective solution is DIY Radon Cannisters which takes about 7-12 business days until you get the results. The cannisters must sit for 48 hours and then sent to a laboratory for testing.
HOW DO I LOWER THE LEVELS OF RADON IN MY HOME? Reliable reduction techniques have been developed that effectively control radon and VOC's in buildings. A properly installed mitigation system will actively draw gases from beneath a building and exhaust it safely outside. With a DIY Radon Mitigation Kit you will have everything you need to install a complete radon mitigation system.
HOW MUCH DOES A RADON MITIGATION SYSTEM INSTALL COST? The average cost for a professional installation of a radon mitigation system is $1,200-$1,400.
It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your building through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your building traps radon inside, where it can build up. Radon levels in buildings can fluctuate. Levels can be affected by a number of factors, including weather, soil moisture, and air pressure. Differences in the air pressure inside the building compared to air pressure outside of the building can create a vacuum, called an air pressure differential, which draws radon into the building. Normal activities such as using the furnace, the bathroom fan, a whole house fan, or the clothes dryer will pull air into the building, which contributes to air pressure differentials.

Radon has been found in all types of homes, including:
  • Old and New Buildings
  • Well Sealed & Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Drafty & Leaky Buildings
  • Buildings with Basements
  • Buildings with Slab Construction
  • Buildings with Crawlspaces
  • Fuel containers or devices using gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil and products with petroleum distillates: paint thinner, oil-based stains and paint, aerosol or liquid insect pest products, mineral spirits, furniture polishes. Possible VOC Ingredients: BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene), hexane, cyclohexane, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene.
  • Personal care products: nail polish, nail polish remover, colognes, perfumes, rubbing alcohol, hair spray. Possible VOC Ingredients: Acetone, ethyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, methacrylates (methyl or ethyl), ethyl acetate.
  • Dry cleaned clothes, spot removers, fabric/leather cleaners. Possible VOC Ingredients: Tetrachloroethene (perchloroethene (PERC), trichloroethene (TCE).
  • Citrus (orange) oil or pine oil cleaners, solvents and some odor masking products. Possible VOC Ingredients: d-limonene (citrus odor), a-pinene (pine odor), isoprene.
  • PVC cement and primer, various adhesives, contact cement, model cement. Possible VOC Ingredients: Tetrahydrofuran, cyclohexane, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), toluene, acetone, hexane, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, methyl-iso-butyl ketone (MIBK).
  • Paint stripper, adhesive (glue) removers. Possible VOC Ingredients: Methylene chloride, toluene, older products may contain carbon tetrachloride.
  • Degreasers, aerosol penetrating oils, brake cleaner, carburetor cleaner, commercial solvents, electronics cleaners, spray lubricants. Possible VOC Ingredients: Methylene chloride, PERC, TCE, toluene, xylenes, methyl ethyl ketone, 1,1,1-trichloroethane.
  • Moth balls, moth flakes, deodorizers, air fresheners. Possible VOC Ingredients: 1,4-dichlorobenzene, naphthalene
  • Refrigerant from air conditioners, freezers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers. Possible VOC Ingredients: Freons (trichlorofluoromethane, dichlorodifluoromethane).
  • Aerosol spray products for some paints, cosmetics, automotive products, leather treatments, pesticides. Possible VOC Ingredients: Heptane, butane, pentane.
  • Upholstered furniture, carpets, plywood, pressed wood products. Possible VOC Ingredients: Formaldehyde.
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