Kentucky couple shocked at Radon levels discovered in their home
“A safe level of radon gas is no radon gas, but it is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is in the air all around us. When it comes to understanding the risk for radon exposure, it’s all about the numbers. It is measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). 4.0 pCi/L equals 200 chest x-rays per year or eight cigarettes per day. It’s also the level at which the EPA recommends a home be fixed to reduce exposure.
The Gittli home’s average radon level was 21.6 pCi/L.
“That is a radiation dose equivalent to about 1000 chest x-rays a year,” Hoylman said.
Neither the number nor the news sat well with the Gittlis.
“I was very surprised,” Lisa proclaimed. “I did a little research and found out that it causes lung cancer.””
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At the radon level of Gittli’s home, it’s also the equivalent of smoking 40 cigarettes per day. Given that context, it’s not hard to see how serious of an issue high radon levels are and the reason for it being the second most cause of lung cancer. Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of such high exposure until it’s too late.
At Bauer Restoration, our testing equipment is able to accurately detect elevated radon levels in your home. If discovered, we install a specialized system that aids in lowering those levels. We have over a decade of experience in radon mitigation and are certified by the Minnesota Department of Health. Call us at 507-333-9838 or visit our radon mitigation page for more information.