Pittsburgh radon levels are higher than the national average by astounding numbers. In the rest of the U.S., 1 in 15 homes have elevated radon levels above the EPA (environmental protection agency). In Pittsburgh, homes with elevated radon levels are 4 in 10! There are many factors that contribute to this number. Things such as soil conditions, the fact that our weather drastically changes day to day, are just to name a few of the things that affect Pittsburgh radon levels. But honestly, what does this all mean? Is a high radon level really THAT dangerous?
Here are a few quick radon facts to stress the harm that radon could be doing to you and your family:
- Radon levels at the EPA recommended action level are equivalent to 100 chest X-rays. It is recommended to not have more than 4 chest X-rays within a years time.
- Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer related deaths among non-smokers. In total, it causes 21,000 deaths every single year in the U.S. alone.
- Radon levels fluctuate throughout the day,year, and are affected by changes in the soil conditions. This means that the radon testing you had done 10 years ago when you first moved into your home, probably isn't accurate.
- Newly built homes are not required to have radon testing conducted before you move in. Just because you have a new home does not mean you are not subject to the dangers of radon.
- If your neighbor tested their house and it comes back low, you probably think that your house will be too, right? Unfortunately no. Just because the house next door is safe, does not mean your house is too. We have conducted several tests within the same street and have had a wide variety of radon test results.
Here is a chart of all the counties in Pennsylvania. Any county in red has radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L, or the EPA recommended action level. If you want to know what the radon levels are in the area you live in, you can visit our areas of service page www.homeradonpros.com/pittsburgh-radon-levels. Here you can find radon levels for any county, or town in Pittsburgh.
Do you live in the south hills of Pittsburgh? Areas such as South Fayette have radon levels on average 45% above the recommended action level. Radon levels in Peters Township have been as high as 28 times the recommended action level! All communities differ in radon levels, some areas are lower than the national average, some are much higher. Our website provides data on each area surrounding Pittsburgh so that families can educate themselves on their communities' radon levels.
So how do you know if your Pittsburgh home is one of the 4 out of 10 that has high radon levels? The only way to accurately know is to have radon testing done in your home, preferably by a radon professional. You can certainly buy a $60 radon test from your local department store, set it up, pay to ship it away to get your test results two weeks later, and then possibly get it back saying the test is invalid because it was not set up properly by you; start the process all over again buying another $60 radon test. Radon professionals are trained and certified to test for radon accurately and have machines that are far more accurate than anything you will find at a store. You can certainly try to exterminate a bug problem in your home on your own, but if you want it done right and efficiently, you call a professional; Radon should is not any different.
At Home Radon Pros, we want to educate all our local Pittsburgh communities on the dangers of radon gas. We know you care about your family's health, and we want to help you keep them safe from this silent killer. The first step is to call a radon professional to have your home tested for radon. Radon testing is quick and affordable and you will typically get results within two days. If you do have your home tested, we encourage you to spread the word to your friends, family, and neighbors, so that they too can take the proper measures to protect their loved ones. For more information on radon levels in Pittsburgh, radon testing, or other radon services, please visit our website at www.homeradonpros.com If you are interested in having Home Radon Professional help you with radon testing in your Pittsburgh home, give us a call at 412-584-0799. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be more than happy to answer any of your radon questions.