Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas and most of our area (Western North Carolina) is rated Zone 1, the highest possibility of being at unsafe levels. My intent is not to be alarmist (forgive me the accompaning photo please, it IS alarming) here but to bring you awareness of this silent killer.
You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, and, it may be a problem in your home or conditional real estate purchase.
Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, it is possible that you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
The average person breaths are 20 resperations a minute. This works out to 28800 a day. That’s give or take because if your heart rate increases for any reason you’ll need more air hence more breaths. Also when your asleep you may only take 16 to 18 breaths per minute. Of course, you don’t typically spend every minute of every day in your home; but, every breath is important. My college anatomy professor stated that one may view the lungs as an external organ because it is in direct contact with the enviroment. I have never forgotten that satement.
Radon testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. The EPA also recommends testing in schools.
Testing for radon is relativly inexpensive and easy. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon. WNC Inspections provides radon testing in either of 2 methods. One is a passive collection system (2 small special radon collecting bags) and the other is an electronic monitoring device. Either method requires 2-4 days placement in the most likely location of a building that is occupied by humans.
There is much information on the internet regarding radon testing and I encourage your search for current updated information from dependable sources. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask your real estate agent or myself, Don Miller WNC Inspections 828-243-8649