According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths of non-smokers. Radon can be found in every county within the United States and around the world. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can be found in any building, home or business. Most people have the greatest exposure to radon at home, where they spend most of their time.
You can't see it, taste it or smell it; radon is a radioactive gas that can be harmful to humans at elevated levels. The highest levels of radon are usually found indoors where the radon gas is more concentrated .
Symptoms of radon gas related illnesses such as lung cancer do not become prevalent for up to 5 years after the person has been exposed to high levels of radon for an extended period of time.
Radon comes from the breakdown of naturally-occurring radioactive elements (such as uranium and thorium) in soils and rocks.The radon gas moves up through the soil to the surface, of the earth where it enters homes, schools and businesses through cracks and other holes in the foundation. In some cases, radon can enter buildings through well water. Any building can have a radon problem – old or new buildings, well-sealed or drafty buildings, and buildings with or without basements.
The Surgeon General estimates that over 21,000 deaths per year are related to long-term radon gas exposure.
Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. Smoking combined with radon is an especially serious health risk. Stop smoking and lower your radon level to reduce your lung cancer risk.
The average indoor radon level is estimated to be about 1.3 pCi/L, and about 0.4 pCi/L of radon is normally found in the outside air. All amounts of radon are considered a risk, however radon levels below 2 pCi/L are considered livable. High levels of radon occur when there is more than 4 pCi/L of radon in your home or business.
At Pure State Services we conduct short-term radon testing to measure the amount of radon currently in your home or office.
If your home or office has tested higher than a 4 pCi/L then radon mitigation is strongly recommended . We work with families and businesses to test and mitigate radon in Wichita and the surrounding communities. We tailor our services and prices to accommodate the budget of our customers because we believe in treating all of our customers like our neighbors.
All of our radon mitigation systems are guaranteed to lower your radon levels below 4.0 pCi/L and come with a full 1 year warranty.