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DIY Radon Mitigation: a Good Idea?

December 5, 2017
DIY Radon Mitigation

Radon is a radioactive Class A carcinogen gas.  Installing a radon mitigation system is serious business; without the proper knowledge and tools, it can result in worsening a faulty system, or even increasing your radon levels. If you’ve already measured your radon levels and they’re 4 pCi/L or higher, you know you need a radon reduction…

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Does Radon Gas Smell?

November 28, 2017
Does Radon Smell

Radon gas does not have a smell. It is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and invisible to the human eye. If you have high levels of radon in your home, you won’t notice any immediate adverse effects. However, long-term exposure to radon gas can lead to lung cancer. Radon overexposure is the second-leading cause of lung cancer…

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Passive vs. Active Radon Mitigation Systems: What’s Best?

November 21, 2017
Passive vs Active Radon Mitigation

Whether you’ve had your home tested for radon yet or not, it’s important to understand the two most common types of radon mitigation systems available. If you don’t know your radon levels or it’s been more than two years since your last test, purchase a home kit or call a radon testing company to measure…

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How Dangerous is Radon to My Health?

November 16, 2017
Radon and Health

While there had been only weak evidence in the 1980’s and 90’s regarding how dangerous radon is, more recent research has left little doubt it causes harm to many people when not mitigated properly. After smoking, radon is the number one cause of lung cancer; the health effects of radon are responsible for approximately 21,000…

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How Does Radon Enter Your Home?

November 14, 2017
Radon in Home Diagram

Radon is a radioactive gas produced when uranium breaks down in water, rocks, and soil. Certain building materials (such as stones used for a fireplace) may give off radon, and radon can also enter your home through well water if you live in an area with a lot of granite or shale. However, the most…

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The Discovery and History of Radon

November 9, 2017
Radon Discovery

Surprisingly, the discovery of radon only occurred at the outset of the 20th century. It was well after the industrial revolution that we discovered how radon was affecting our health and environment. The battle to combat its deadly effects continues to this day. Discovery of Radon The history of radon began when Friedrich Ernst Dorn,…

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What is a High Radon Level? Know When It’s Time to Act

September 12, 2017
Radon Danger Level

What is a safe radon level? In short, there is not really a “safe” level of radon, and the gas can be harmful in any amount. If you live in Northern Illinois, you may have elevated levels of dangerous radon gas in your home or business. You should have your home tested for radon every…

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