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Keep Your Home Safe & Carcinogen-Free With Radon Testing

Lawson Home Inspections & RADON Testing in Naperville, Illinois, knows a safe level of radon gas is no radon gas. Radon gas is a class A carcinogen which causes lung cancer. The U.S. EPA has put it plainly, stating, "Any radon exposure has some risk of causing lung cancer. The lower the radon level in your home, the lower your family's risk of lung cancer." The average person receives a higher dose of radiation from the radon levels in their home than from their combined exposure to all other radiation sources, natural or man-made.


What is Radon?

Radon gas is a naturally-occurring by-product of the radioactive decay of Uranium in the soil. Depending on your geographic location, the radon levels in the air you breathe outside of your home may be as high as 0.75 pCi/L. The national average of outside radon levels is 0.4 pCi/L, and it is estimated by the National Academy of Sciences that outdoor radon levels cause approximately 800 of the 21,000 radon-induced lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.

The Risk of Radon Exposure

Your risk of lung cancer increases substantially with exposure to higher radon levels. Lung cancer risk rises 16% per 2.7 pCi/L increase in radon exposure (World Health Organization, 2009). Studies show that radon is the primary cause of lung cancer among people who have never smoked. However, the absolute number of radon-induced lung cancers are much larger in people who smoke, or who have smoked in the past, due to a strong combined effect of smoking and radon. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and naturally occurring gas. Its radioactive properties are a health hazard. Radon gas, over time, can cause cancer. It exists in the natural environment in many areas of the country, though some geologic regions produce more of the gas than others, making radon testing almost a necessity in some areas.


Protect Your Family

Radon has become a priority topic in the real estate and home inspection industry. Home buyers have a right to know and to be educated about the hazards of radon and the likelihood of its occurrence in their home. Recently, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) published a radon home inspection guide. The publication is a tool to help home inspectors educate customers about the facts associated to this very controversial subject. The checklist allows a professional home inspector to include elements of a radon inspection in order to decide if radon testing by a licensed specialist is recommended. In Illinois, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency maintains in-depth radon information for both professionals and the public.

Reducing Radon

When an unacceptable level of radon is discovered in a home a specialist in radon mitigation is recommended. A mitigation specialist performs services that reduce the amount of radon in the air as much as is possible. In some instances, radon can be reduced to extremely low levels. Some new homes are even being constructed to include radon barriers.

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