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What Can Be Done About The Radon?

Radon is everywhere including your home; you cannot get rid of it completely. But through Radon Mediation you can bring the level of Radon down below a level that would be a health risk. The first step is to have the home tested for Radon by calling your HomeTeam/HomeBiz inspector to find out what the Radon count is. If mediation is needed your inspector can then explain the further steps needed to rectify the situation.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

The following are frequently asked questions about Radon and their answers:

Q. We occasionally notice an unusual smell in our basement. Could it be due to Radon?
A. No. Radon has no odor.

Q. Food items that we have stored in the basement have spoiled. Is Radon the cause?
A. No. Radon is chemically inert and cannot react with things and spoil them.

Q. Shortly after moving into our home, several members of our family developed persistent coughs.   Could Radon be the reason?
A. No. Exposure to radon is not associated with persistent coughs.

Q. I have recently developed headaches that my doctor cannot explain. Could Radon be the cause?
A. No. The only known health effect from Radon is an increased risk of developing lung cancer.

Q. Should I be concerned about Radon in my children’s school or my workplace?
A. There has been only limited testing for Radon in schools and workplaces. Preliminary studies suggest that schools and large public buildings usually have lower Radon levels than homes in the same community. However, the only sure way to know whether a school or workplace has elevated Radon levels is to test.

Q. Is Radon more of a problem in older or newer homes?
A. The age of a home has not been found to be a reliable indicator of whether it will have high Radon levels.

Q. My neighbor’s house was tested and had high Radon levels. Does this mean that the Radon levels in my home will also be high?
A. Not necessarily. Radon levels can vary significantly even in similar homes that are built close to one another. You should test your home to be sure of its Radon level.

Q. My house has high Radon levels. Can it be fixed? How much will it cost?
A. Virtually all homes can have their Radon levels significantly lowered. Although costs can vary considerably, experience has shown that reducing Radon in most homes can cost from a few hundred dollars to about three thousand dollars.

Q. I intend to purchase (or sell) a house, what are my options regarding Radon testing?
A. In 1988, EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General issued a Health Advisory recommending that all homes be tested below the third floor for radon. They also recommended fixing homes with radon levels at or above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), EPA's National Voluntary Action Level. EPA and the Surgeon General also recommend that schools nationwide be tested for radon.

Q. I am going to build a new home. Can the soil be tested for Radon before construction?
A. The Radon concentration in the soil can be measured. Unfortunately, these tests can be expensive and with present technology is not a reliable predictor of what the Radon levels will be in a new house.

Q. Should I test our water supply for Radon?
A. You should always test the air in your home first. If the Radon levels are high and you use water from a well, a Radon test of the water may be worthwhile.

Excerpts and research for this article was provided by EPA, U.S. Surgeon General and the CMHC Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation.

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