Radon Gas Testing
The EPA suggests the following 3 steps for Radon Gas Testing in Salt Lake City, Utah Homes:
Step 1 Perform short-term test. If the result is 4 pCi/L or higher take Step 2.
Step 2 Follow up with one of two options: Take a long-term test to better understand year-round average radon levels. Or, if the short-term results are equal to or higher than the EPA’s action level, perform another short-term test right away for quick results.
Step 3 If the second test results are high, enlist the services of a certified mitigation specialist to fix the home. Consider fixing a home right away if the average of the first and second test is 4 pCi/L or higher. Radon levels in a home can be reduced up to 99 percent by installing a reduction system. These systems vary in cost, but are affordable on most incomes. Greene’s Inc. and other mitigation specialists are available to install these systems.
For more information on the risks, symptoms and dangers of radon gas, visit radon.utah.gov.
Radon Gas Mitigation
Greene’s Inc., the Intermountain region’s premier radon detection and mitigation expert, is teaming up with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and Utah Safety Council to educate homeowners and landlords about the dangers of radon. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and occurs naturally when uranium in soil, rock, and water breaks down. The resulting gas seeps into buildings where it can be inhaled. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, lung cancer caused by radon claims nearly 20,000 lives every year.
Radon gas is found all over the U.S. This gas comes from the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Once a gas, it can get into any type of building including Utah homes, offices, and schools – resulting in a high indoor level. However, the greatest chance for exposure is at home, where you and your family spend most of your time.
Radon gas problems are easy to fix. Reduction systems work, and they aren’t prohibitively expensive. Some gas reduction systems can lower levels in your Salt Lake City home by up to 99%, and bring down even very high gas levels back into the acceptable range.