Updated: May 31
Canonsburg radon has been an issue in this area for years. Not only is Pittsburgh radon some of the worst in the United States, but Canonsburg has been notorious as a town with a radioactive history. Marie Curie did several studies in Canonsburg, PA back in the 1920's and it was deemed "The Most Radioactive Town in America" . The reason behind this was the massive amount of uranium sites in the area. The breakdown of uranium is where radon comes from, which explains the high radon levels in Canonsburg.
These uranium sites did not start getting cleaned up by the government until the late 1980's and still continued until the 2000's. Even though these sites may have been cleaned, their effects are still seen in the area today.
Canonsburg radon levels range from levels below the EPA's recommended action level, but some can be as high as 40 times this level. The only way to know if your home is in danger of radon is to have your home tested by a radon professional. If your home does have high radon levels, the only way to keep your family safe is to have a radon mitigation system placed in your home.
Below is Home Radon Pro's article that was placed in the IN Community magazine. Take a look at the information below and think about the safety of you and your family.
Protecting Your Home From A Silent Killer: Canonsburg Radon
If you were like us, you probably haven’t thought about radon gas unless you just recently moved or sold a home. However, the dangers this odorless, colorless, tasteless, radioactive gas causes are life threatening. We didn’t know exactly how deadly its affects were until we were personally affected.
Home Radon Pros formed when we lost a loved one to lung cancer in 2017. What we couldn’t understand was why this happened as they had never smoked in their lifetime. After speaking with the doctors, it was determined that the lung cancer was most likely caused by radon gas. We had the home tested, and the results came back twice as high as the EPA recommended action level. This drove us to learn everything we could about radon in order to spread the word to local families about this deadly gas. Our goal is that we can educate all of Pittsburgh so that other families do not have to experience the same misfortune.
Radon in your home = Radiation in your home
Radon is the number-one killer in people’s homes, claiming more than 21,000 deaths in the United States each year. That is more than drunk driving, house fires, and carbon monoxide combined. These are statistics from the CDC, DEP, and EPA. In the United States, 1 in 15 homes have elevated radon levels above the EPA recommended action level (At this level, the EPA recommends that you have a radon mitigation system installed in your home in order to get your home’s radon levels lowered to safer conditions).
Zip code avg. radon level
15317 4.0 Pci/l
15321 5.2 pci/l
15330 6.2 pci/l
15363 6.7 pci/l
EPA recommends action at a level of 4.0 pcI/L
Pittsburgh homes are at a much higher risk for elevated radon levels when compared to the rest of the country. 4 out of 10 homes in the Pittsburgh area have radon levels above the recommended EPA action level.
But just how bad are elevated radon levels? To put it into perspective, most hospitals only recommend you have 4 chest X-rays per year. If your home has radon levels at the EPA recommended action level you and your family are being exposed to 100 chest X-rays each year.
The first step to keeping you and your family safe is to have your home tested for radon. When you have professionals like Home Radon Pros handle radon testing for you, you can receive accurate results on your home’s levels typically within 2 days for a short term radon test.
If your test comes back high, we recommend you have a radon mitigation system placed into your home. Home Radon Pros uses only high quality radon fans from Festa Radon, a Pittsburgh based radon fan manufacturer, in all of our homeowners radon mitigation systems. 80% of radon mitigation services can be resolved for under $1,000.
39% of Washington County Homes Have Elevated Radon Levels
Home Radon Pros is focused on educating families in Pittsburgh communities on the dangers of radon, and encourages those that have had their homes tested, to make their friends and family members aware of the potential danger that could be lurking in their home. Home Radon Pros’ website www.homeradonpros.com offers a wealth of radon knowledge to ensure families are kept up to date on radon information.
Home Radon Pros is a locally owned business and certified by the Department of Environmental Protection, serving Pittsburgh and its suburbs. Home Radon Pros is offering a $20 discount off of the regular price of $159.00 to those who mention the IN community magazine article.
Call 412-584-0799 to Schedule Radon Services with Home Radon Pros