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The health risks of radon gas in homes

Radon gas and cancer Risk
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What is radon gas and why you should remove it?

Radon is a dangerous gas that could cause lung cancer.  In fact, it is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. 1 in 3 homes in Utah have unsafe levels of radon and all homes should be tested for radon.

Whether you’re a Homeowner, Realtor, or Builder, we have the experience and expertise you can rely on.  Many homeowners aren’t familiar with radon and why it can be dangerous and how radon could affect their family.  

Radon frequently asked questions

Why should I care about radon?

Radon is an odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium in soil and rock, it then enters the home through the foundation. It accounts for up to 70% of all the radiation that Utah residents are exposed to. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Surgeon General have stated that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer – second only to smoking. It is estimated to cause approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Radon mitigation is a must.

How much radon is safe?

There is no “safe” level and any exposure will pose some risk. Radon in the air is measured in picoCuries per liter, or “pCi/L.” The World Health Organization recommends that you take action with radon mitigation if the radon level in your home is 2.7 pCi/L or higher. With past tests showing 1 in 3 homes in Utah having high levels of radon, and the state average of 5.3 pCi/L, every home in Utah should be tested.

What can you do about radon in your home?

Because it has no odor and cannot be detected by smell or taste in the air, you must test your home to find out if you have high levels. Utah Radon Services offers free testing that only takes a few days so we can quickly determine if you have a problem in your home. Radon mitigation protects your family.

If levels are high, a mitigation system may be recommended. In less than one day, using pipes and specialized equipment certified technicians install the system that will vent air from beneath your house and vent it outside, reducing the level in your home significantly. We guarantee that we can get your home below the WHO’s level of 2.7 pCi/L, and usually get it in the 1 range.

How many deaths does radon cause?

Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, according to the EPA’s 2019 Assessment of Risk from Radon in Homes. The numbers of death from other causes are taken from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention 2018 National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Report and 2016 National Safety Council Reports.

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