The Ghost Gas Haunting Your Home or Business: Radon

Okay, I know we are not writing a script for a scary movie here. Although, let’s be honest, the title above is not too far fetched. For those who actively read our blog at Environmental Doctor, you are probably well aware of the dangers of radon. As for our new readers, welcome… and let’s start with a recap. Radon is a dangerous, odorless and radioactive gas that is active in soil wherever uranium is decaying. Although radon is a normal process in our environment, it is definitely harmful for humans. The main problem is when radon gas gets trapped inside a dwelling. Are you an new Ohio homeowner or a building owner? Getting a radon test should be top priority for the health of you and your loved ones. And if applicable: for your employees, tenants, and pets.

Plan Ahead of Time with Radon Testing

Have you recently considered moving into a new home or apartment in Ohio? Plan ahead and call the Environmental Doctor to check the air quality in your home. From radon remediation, mitigation and detection, we have the best in midwest. Our services will have you sleeping at ease every night in your new home or property purchase. But maybe you’re not a building owner, nor a homeowner. Perhaps you rent your office or living space. You should definitely ask the owner or building manager for radon testing in apartments. Did you know that radon is behind 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year? Check more radon statistics and radon facts here, which we compiled with our extensive research and knowledge.

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Environmental Doctor is a trusted service in the local community as we have serviced this area for 25 years and counting. Don’t hesitate and call us today, because your health depends on it. We look forward to hearing from you concerning radon remediation.

A Silent Killer: The Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in the US

Radon is generally not the foremost item on most people’s minds. With kids, work, friends and life in general taking up most of our time and attention, radon concerns slip to wayside. You may not realize it, but your home could have dangerous levels of radon gas in it right at this moment. “Any radon exposure has some risk of causing lung cancer,” the EPA said in a statement. “The lower the radon level in your home, the lower your family’s risk of lung cancer.”

Periodic Table Element Radon

Radon gas occurs naturally with the decomposition of radium, which is part of the uranium decay process. Radon has a half-life of 3.82 days and during this decay process, it produces particles called radon daughters.  The radon daughters in turn emit alpha particles into the lungs of people in afflicted homes.  The particles can penetrate cells and cause DNA damage.

President of Environmental Doctor, Brenden Gitzinger warns that “it’s not a danger that manifests itself overnight. Radon’s deceit is in its invisibility. You can’t see, taste or smell it, but over years it continues to permeate our bodies and cause damage.”

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, preceded only by smoking.

Radon gas leads to the lung cancer deaths of more than 20,000 Americans each year. Though primarily linked to lung cancer, radon can also contribute to childhood leukemia and pancreatic cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Surgeon General recommend that owners take the time to test radon levels of their homes and businesses. The testing process is relatively simple and inexpensive, with effective and affordable solutions if high radon levels are found.

The EPA currently recommends action be taken when Radon levels within homes reach 4 pCi/L, or higher. Recently though, the World Health Organization suggested a reference level of 2.7 pCi/L for radon levels, meaning that even if levels are below the EPA action level of 4 pCi/L, there is still the possibility of danger.

Visit the Environmental Protection Agency or Environmental Doctor for more information on radon and the dangers they pose to home and business owners. With over 20 years of experience at making homes and businesses safe from environmental problems, Environmental Doctor in Dayton, Ohio can provide effective and affordable solutions for radon testing and mitigation.