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January: National Radon Action Month

Posted on January 07, 2014
by Wendy Stackhouse

National Radon Action Month

Radon Action Month is here. Have you tested your home for Radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring, colorless, odorless gas that emanates from the decay of radioactive minerals in the soil under your house. Radon can be found anywhere but some places have more than others. Here is a map of California’s radon levels by region:

Radon regions in California

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers and the first cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Lung cancer kills over 150,000 Americans every year and lung cancer is the most common form of cancer overall.

Radon enters your home through cracks in your foundation and stays there because the air pressure inside is less than it is outside, keeping contaminants from escaping naturally.

What if you find Radon in your home and how can you take Radon action? A contractor will put in a system to collect the Radon and pipe it up to the roof, where it can escape into the outdoor air. If you are building a new home in a Radon area, there are safe building practices to prevent Radon from being a problem for you.

At AirTek, we are concerned about your indoor environment, your health and your indoor air, including taking action on Radon. If you need any of our services, including kitchen exhaust hood cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, and duct cleaning for residential and commercial buildings, please contact us.

Previous posts about Radon:

RADON: #2 Cause of Lung Cancer

VIDEO: Radon Gas

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

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