Radon Gas Blog

Three things you need to know about radon in winter.

Posted by Travis Jewell on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 05:52 PM

 I am not a big fan of the cold weather it reminds me of the winter days working outdoors, installing radon mitigation systems in Chicago years ago. I will never forget the infamous winter of “Chiberia.”  But also, as I now reside in Salt Lake City, I do love to see the beautiful sight of some fresh Utah ski powder, except for when it’s time to shovel the driveway. Luckily, this winter I scored a snowblower from my father. Now some people are connoisseurs of food, or fine wine; my father on the other hand, he is a connoisseur of snowblowers! At any given point in time, he may have 3-5 of these machines in his garage ready to battle the forces of nature in his suburban tundra.  In the heat of the summer, you may find him at your yard sale ready to purchase the next in his collection. Whether it’s a 2 stage, 3 stage, 4 stroke, or electric, my dad likes them all. When he generously gifted me one out of his collection the other night, he meticulously showed me how to close the choke, prime the bulb, and fire up the engine. He showed me how to engage the auger, and cut a perfectly straight line down the driveway. As I loaded it in my truck and was about to pull away, he reminded me not to forget how to mix the oil and gas for the two stroke engine.

I woke up this morning to a fresh blanket of snow. I got dressed and prepped the new toy to take care of the driveway. As I mixed the 50:1 ratio of oil and gas, I couldn't help but divert my attention again to another gas, like I always do, I start thinking about radon gas. I thought to myself; it’s time to write another article about how the cold weather has an impact on radon gas.

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Radon - A hidden danger of exercising in the basement

Posted by Travis Jewell on Wed, Mar 02, 2016 @ 07:30 AM


Do you exercise in your basement? I do. I have been using a video workout series for the past 90 days. I have to keep in top radon technician shape. While working out in my basement every morning, I can’t help but to think of radon gas while I breathe heavily. I wonder how many people who exercise in their basements are being counterproductive to their health by exposing themselves to dangerous levels of radon?

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Where does radon come from?

Posted by Travis Jewell on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 @ 11:27 AM


Many people tell me that they never have heard about radon until recently. “No one talked about this years ago,” they say. “My real estate agent never told me that it might be a problem when I purchased my house!” So where did radon come from? Why is it all of the sudden a problem?

 

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Resolve to Reduce Radon and Improve your Health

Posted by Travis Jewell on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 @ 05:22 PM


This time of year, many of us are focused on resolutions:

With new years, come new goals, resolutions and changes. Many of us choose to improve our health during the new year. We may set challenging weight loss and fitness goals. We may change our diet by decreasing junk food and eating more fruits/vegetables. During the turn of the year, the population of your local gym may double for a few months. Some of us may jog on the treadmill for so many miles that our lungs just cant take it anymore! Speaking of lungs, and speaking of health, it's time that more people think about reducing radon exposure.

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Testing for radon in schools

Posted by Travis Jewell on Mon, May 18, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

The safety of children in schools is of utmost importance. Fire drills, wet-floor cones, lead free paint, asbestos abatement and security guards are common place in today's schools; for a good reason. As you walk up to a school, you will see a sign on the door that states: ‘All visitors must check in at the front desk. Every measure must be taken to keep unwanted guests from our schools. What about a dangerous guest who sneaks in? This guest is unwanted and dangerous. Public, private, charter and home schools are all at risk. You can’t see, hear or smell this invisible threat. What is this invader? It’s radon gas, the naturally occurring, radioactive gas that can enter a school through the foundation. Radon is a proven danger, let’s keep it out of our schools.

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Radon levels during the winter, a potentially dangerous situation.

Posted by Travis Jewell on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 @ 04:05 PM

 

Old man winter is knocking at the door and he might be bringing radon with him. In homes that are located in cold weather environments, radon levels can be a greatly increased during colder months. This often-overlooked issue with radon gas is potentially one of radon’s greatest threats.

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Rental Properties and Radon Gas. Protect your Tenants.

Posted by Travis Jewell on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 @ 03:38 PM

Radon is not just a homowner's issue.

I have been away from my radon blog for the last few weeks as I have been working in the field on a large radon mitigation project. This project is a townhouse style, low-income apartment complex. While working on this project I spent some time thinking about how great it is that the management company who hired us is taking action to protect their tenants from the dangers of radon gas.

I don’t know the details of why they decided to test for radon gas. The laws do not require landlords to test their properties for
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