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Radon recommendations you need to read before you go to bed tonight.

Posted by Travis Jewell on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 @ 07:15 AM

You slept 7-9 hours last night as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. You brushed your teeth first thing as recommended by the ADA to help prevent gum disease and cavities. You rinsed your mouth and finished your first full glass of water which was one of the eight recommended glasses by the Mayo Clinic. You put on your pedometer, your favorite workout clothes and head to the treadmill to begin the first of your 10,000 step per day goal as recommended in the latest issue of your health magazine. You finish up, go to the kitchen and blend yourself a nourishing protein shake as recommended by your nutritionist.  The shake includes bananas for potassium, strawberries & blueberries for antioxidants, orange juice for vitamin c and some kale which seems to be recommended for everything else. You sit down with your shake log in to your tablet to play some brain games to sharpen your mental focus as recommended by your boss. While on your tablet, a small article pops up in your news feed talking about radon gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer. You read that radon levels in homes should be as low as possible as recommended by the United States EPA. Suddenly you remember the recommendation that you forgot about…. That time when you bought your house and the Realtor recommended that you do a radon test. The sweat starts pouring down your forehead but doesn’t make it to your eyes because you are still wearing that sweatband that your fitness coach recommended. You wonder how you will sleep tonight with the additional, unrecommended stress that's now upon you. Stop, take a deep breath (hopefully not including radon gas) because here are several radon recommendations to prevent any radon related sleep deprivations.


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Radon gas is heavier than air. Radon levels may be higher at the elevation of your bed where you sleep all night because it's closer to the floor. Nighttime can be your greatest exposure to this deadly gas.


 

What is recommended to do about radon?

  • Because radon is a cancer causing, radioactive gas it’s recommended to know more about it. It comes from the soil and enters homes, it is recommended by the EPA, the CDC, the ALA and countless others to know if you have a problem and to fix it if you do.
  • Test for radon gas in your home. Radon testing is cheap. Initial short-term screenings can be done for under $30 in most single family homes. DIY radon test kits are very easy to use and are measured by independent laboratories. Short-term tests help determine whether action is immediately needed or if longer-term screenings are adequate.

What is recommended to do with your radon test results?

  • If the results are above 2.7 pCi/L, the World Health Organization recommends that you take action to reduce levels. If the levels are above 4, the EPA recommends taking action to reduce radon levels.
  • If the radon levels are borderline, consider doing more extensive long term testing to account for all the seasonal variations. Remember that radon levels can fluctuate due to temperature, weather and other factors.

What is the recommended fix for radon?

  • Don't loose too much sleep because all radon problems can be fixed.
  • Radon levels can be permanently reduced with a good radon mitigation system. These systems should be designed specifically for your home. Every home has a different set of circumstances that influence radon and a radon mitigation system’s ability to get rid of it. Remember that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for radon systems and fans.
  • Get a recommendation for a good radon company from a neighbor's, home inspector or from your state radon office. Read reviews and research the qualifications of the company you hire for the project. Compare radon mitigation companies with several others to get the best job. Most single family homes can be fixed with a single radon mitigation system ranging from $1200-$1500. Don’t go with the cheapest quote when dealing with this issue because the cheapest system might not do an adequate job to reduce radon levels. Be sure to read the provider’s warranty to make sure they will fix it below the EPA recommendations at least.


Now this is a short article intended to stay within the recommended amount of words to keep your attention. Now that we have it, we recommend that you test your home and reduce the radon levels if needed. If you already have a radon mitigation system, test your home again to make sure it is doing its job properly.

DON'T LET STRESS ABOUT RADON GIVE YOU SLEEPLESS NIGHTS. RADON TESTING AND MITIGATION IS AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE.

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