It is important to be proactive about Radon. Radon causes over 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States. The EPA considers Kendall County, Kane County, DeKalb County & much of Northern Illinois to be a “high-risk radon zone, meaning that the average indoor radon screening levels are greater than 4.0 pCi/L.
Being proactive about Radon is the one way to protect your family & your home from the health issues associated with being exposed to high levels of radon. Because you cannot see, smell or taste radon, testing your home for radon is the only way to know if your family is at risk.
This health hazard comes from the normal, radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock & water. It enters into buildings by seeping through floor & wall cracks, construction joints & gaps, as well as through the water supply.
Having exposure to both radon & cigarette smoke poses an even greater health risk. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer, tobacco use is the leading cause. When combined, a truly toxic cocktail is formed, synergistically increasing an individual’s risk for lung cancer. Another way to be proactive about radon and its health effects is to take steps to quit smoking today!
The good news is that testing for radon is easy, affordable & typically requires little time. Should your home’s test results come back high, your next proactive step is to have a radon mitigation system installed.
These systems help to reduce levels of radon by redirecting it to outside of your home. Whether your home is two stories with a full basement, a split-level with a crawl space, or a ranch on a sub slab, your home may have radon. Be proactive about radon today and schedule a test! Give us a call today – 630-499-1492.