What is Radon and How Does it Affect You Near Greenville, Spartanburg, Columbia?
Learn the facts -- radon may be contaminating your home!
Research about the connection between radon gas and lung cancer has gained more attention in recent years. But there's good news: radon levels can be reduced significantly, and True Air Technologies can help.
True Air Technologies is a certified and trained radon mitigation expert in South Carolina. Contact us today for more information about radon testing and our radon reduction services.
What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and is the second-leading cause of lung cancer -- second only to cigarette smoke. Most soils contain uranium that, over time, decays to produce radium, which later breaks down into radon. As radon continues to go through the decay cycle, it breaks down further into radon decay products, also known as RDPs. RDPs, specifically polonium 218 and polonium 214, which can be damaging to the lungs and have been proven to cause lung cancer.
Elevated levels of radon contaminate the air and water that it infuses with dangerous RDPs. Perhaps some homeowners are thinking they could recognize high levels of radon in their home. Unfortunately, radon is completely undetectable with any human senses as we cannot smell, taste, see, touch, or hear radon. So, it easily goes unnoticed. When this happens, everyone in the home becomes susceptible to lung cancer.
Lung cancer kills more people each year than the other top cancers combined. It also receives the least amount of funding, because many people believe it's a self-induced disease. According to the World Health Organization, radon causes 15 percent of the world's lung cancer cases and kills 21,000 people each year.
Smokers are especially susceptible and the World Health Organization estimates that they have 25 times higher risk than a non-smoker.
Radon induced lung cancer kills one person every 25 minutes, joining arsenic, asbestos, and benzene as a Class-A Carcinogen.
Did You Know...
That radon gas was actually a vital aspect of the gaseous makeup of the atomic bomb? Although the levels of radon that resulted from the atomic bombs far exceed the amounts of radon found in a home, the principle remains the same -- radon gas is very harmful and can be deadly!
The amount of radiation in 4.0 pCi/L of radon is actually equivalent to the radiation in 100 chest X-rays. Sure that seems like a lot, but this gets worse. Most hospitals actually only allow patients to have four chest X-rays each year. Let's do the math. That converts to the equivalent of .16 pCi/L per X-ray and .64 pCi/L of radiation a year with four X-rays. In other words, radon mitigation in South Carolina is crucial to the overall health of any homeowner in this state.
Protect your home from radon today
Contact True Air Technologies today to get a radon inspection and mitigation system in your home. There is no reason to wait any longer to address the risks of radon. Schedule an appointment for any of our radon services in Columbia, Blair, Adger, Greenville, Little Mountain, Ridgeway, Jenkinsville, Lexington, Longtown, and the nearby areas.