At DP Enterprises we understand how important it is for people to educate themselves on the dangers of radon. We have compiled some of the most useful information below for you to look over to obtain a little more knowledge when it comes to radon
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas
Radon cannot be seen, smelled or tasted but it is estimated to contribute to as many as 21,000 deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air that contains Radon, you may risk developing lung cancer. In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General has warned that radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in our country today. If you have ever been a tobacco smoker AND your home has a high level of radon, your risk is especially high (up to 15 times greater than that of a non-smoker). Also, children are more at risk than adults.
Radon can be found all over the United States
Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rocks and water and ends up in the air we breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. and it can get into any type of building and result in a high indoor level. Still, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home because that's where you spend the majority of your time.
You should test your home or building for radon
Testing is the only way to know for certain if you and your family are being exposed to high levels of radon in the lowest livable area. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for Radon and the EPA has also recommended testing be done at schools. Testing is relatively inexpensive and easy to do. It generally only takes a few moments of your time and millions of Americans have already tested their homes for Radon.
New homes can be built with radon-resistant features
Radon-resistant construction techniques can be effective in preventing radon entry. When installed correctly, these simple and inexpensive techniques have shown to help reduce indoor radon levels. Also, by installing these features at the time of construction, you make it easier and less expensive to reduce radon levels from the very first day. Still, every new home should be tested for radon after occupancy, even if it was built using radon-resistant techniques. Contact us about design and installing a radon system for your new construction home.
10 million homes and 38 million people are at risk
It is estimated that up to 10 million homes and 38 million people are exposed to radon, thereby increasing their lung cancer risk. Testing and mitigation are also simple and easy processes to understand and implement. At DP Enterprises, we believe many more homeowners would have their homes tested and/or mitigated if they fully understood the harmful effects of radon.
Radon system moisture removal
Studies show that a Radon Mitigation System can remove up to 1000 gallons of moisture per year from your home. This reduces the moisture load in your home, reducing mold and mildew, adding an additional health benefit. Often de-humidifiers are no longer needed after a Radon Mitigation System has been installed.