Keep Radon on your radar….

 by: John Salmon

A naturally occurring gas that rises from the earth, radon, is one of the densest forms of gas found on the planet.  Completely colorless, odorless and tasteless radon can accumulate in small enclosed spaces (such as basements, attics, and crawlspaces) where, due to its extreme radioactivity, its long term presence can become a serious health hazard.  According to EPA studies (and warnings from the Surgeon General) radon can be linked to occurrences of lung cancer (in areas where radon concentration is high enough) with a fatality rate of 21,000 deaths per year in the US alone making it one of the worlds most hazardous indoor air contaminants second only to cigarette smoking.

Radon enters the home through the ground.  Released naturally from the soil it is drawn into the home through cracks in the foundation (and in some cases disperses through the water supply) where it proceeds to circulate throughout the house.  If you suspect your home has radon, or are thinking about selling your home and want to have it tested to avoid a complicated home sale, you simply need to contact a Radon Measurement Specialist.  These trained technicians will provide professional service and testing as well as a prompt report on the findings of the radon test (as well as a list of options on how best to remediate the problem.)

See the links below to find out the radon levels in your area.

http://nc-radon.info/NC_counties.html

http://sc-radon.info/SC_counties.html

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