Radon Levels in Avella
As a homeowner in Avella, Pennsylvania, you may or may not have heard about the dangers of Radon gas and the impact that high Radon levels can have on you and your loved ones inside your home. Unfortunately, levels of Radon in Avella are elevated 0.9 pCi/L over the EPA recommended action level. Just how much harm can this gas cause to your and your family? Well, levels at the EPA recommended action level of 4.0 pCi/L are equivalent to the radiation in smoking 10 cigarettes a day or receiving 200 chest X-rays a year. Fortunately, testing for Radon and Radon mitigation in Wexford, Pennsylvania is a simple and relatively quick problem to solve.
Highlighted below are some important facts and statistics about Radon gas and Radon mitigation Avella, Pennsylvania residents and homeowners should consider:
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. The only way to know if you have Radon is to test for it. Radon can be found not only in homes, but in commercial buildings, and schools as well.
Radon induced lung cancer is caused by the breaking down of cells that line the walls of the lung. Exposure of elevated Radon levels of time will lead to increased risk of lung cancer. For younger children, this risk is increased due to their smaller lung capacity and increased respiratory rate.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer amongst non-smokers, claiming over 21,000 lives every single year. The surgeon general considers Rn a class A carcinogen, which means that it is known to cause cancer in humans.
In Avella, Pennsylvania Radon levels have been recorded as being as high as 24.7 pCi/L which is 17.6 pCi/L over the Pennsylvania Radon level average, and 20.7 pCi/L over the Avella Radon level average.
The average Radon level in Avella, Pennsylvania is 4.7 pCi/L.
Radon testing in City has been completed by 110 homeowners. There are several factors that can impact the level of a home such as soil conditions and age of the home so it is important to test your own home in City State to know if you and your family are at risk.
How Homeowners in Avella can fix Radon problems
Whether you are new to the Avella area or have lived here for a long time, Radon gas is a potential problem you and your family may face. The first step to understanding if your home is at risk, is to conduct Radon testing. Radon testing in Avella, Pennsylvania can be complete either by a Radon company like Home Radon Pros or by you as the home owner. Radon professionals will use more accurate devices to monitor your home, but DIY test kits that you can buy from a local department store will also work. Regardless of the testing method, you should contact a Radon professional to review your results. On average, X percent of homes need Radon mitigation in County due to the levels of Radon being above the EPA recommend action level.
Your results will determine your next step. If your results are below what you feel comfortable with you can forego any further action (some homeowners will choose to have a Radon remediation installed even when their levels come back low). Our recommendation is that for homeowners living in City, Radon testing should be done every two years as levels will fluctuate over time.
If your results are above what you feel are safe, or if you are selling or buying a home and the levels are over the EPA action level, your next step is to reduce the Radon in your home. Radon removal or Radon mitigation in City State can typically be completed in less than a day. This process will require a Radon company like Home Radon Pros to create a negative depressurized zone underneath your home, and the addition of a Radon fan to pull the air with the Radon out from under your home and above your roof line. If you have a new construction home, you may have what is called a “passive Radon system” which will just require the addition of a Radon fan. Passive Radon mitigation systems in City can be added to a majority of newly built homes.