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Question: What is radon?
Answer:
Radon is a radioactive gas, which comes from the radioactive decay of radium ,which is a fairly common, naturally-occurring mineral in the earth's crust. Radon goes through a fairly rapid radioactive decay period with a half-life of 3.82 days, and in about 28 days, all of it has decayed away leaving only its daughter products which ultimately decay away to lead 206, the familiar soft metal of a number of uses. The major risk of radon radiation is in the form of alpha radiation, which is also a form of ionizing radiation. Alpha radiation from radon is actually somewhat like two bullets, which are, released the instant that the radon atom disintegrates into its short-lived daughter products. These "bullets" are very powerful in a molecular world, and they contain a comparatively great deal of energy. When they strike a living cell, they can be disruptive both by creating chemical changes as well as genetic changes, which may be disruptive to the cell's growth. Usually, radon reaches an equilibrium concentration within a building wherein the amount of radon leaking into the building is the same as the rate that radon decays away and leaks out of the building. It will remain at that level for extended periods unless ventilation or leakage rates change, or unless the entry pathway is changed in some manner.

Question: How dangerous is radon?
Answer:
Radon exposure over time at sufficient concentrations causes lung cancer, especially in smokers, and it is believed to be more dangerous to the very young. The last statistics is that lung cancer is fatal in 95 percent of persons having it. Lung cancer progresses rapidly, and there is usually only about 6 months from the time of its occurring until death.

Question: Is radon visible to the human eye or can we smell it?
Answer:
None of our five senses can detect the presence of radon. We can detect its presence only by way of tests, which look for and measure alpha or gamma radiation of a specific energy level. Do it yourself radon test kits are reasonably reliable, readily available and inexpensive. Testing protocol for the tests must be followed.


Question: Are there any symptoms for the inhabitants of a house suspected of having radon?
Answer:
Some Say: there are no symptoms, except that if one of the residents contracts lung cancer, it will be but a short period before it is apparent that the person is very seriously sick. And of course, then it is too late in almost every case.


Question: What do I need to do to get a radon inspection of my house?
Answer:
Professional radon measurement inspectors are often listed in the telephone yellow pages.
You also may contact your state radon office, which may provide you with a list of qualified testers.


Question: How effective are the "do it yourself" kits for radon measurement?
Answer:
Usually, the kits are of uniformly good quality, and they will provide you with a reliable indication of the radon exposure, so long as the testing protocols are followed precisely. The greatest opportunity for error to be introduced is in the testing protocol, including the return of the device to the laboratory. Of course, the product must be listed by name within the EPA device list. Do-it-your-self kits are not a good idea during a home purchase, the buyer risks someone "other than the buyer" tampering with the test kit.


Question: If I want to get an outside vendor to do a radon inspection what are the criteria I should use in finding a reputable vendor?
Answer:
A firm who performs both radon testing and radon mitigation is presented with tempting opportunities for fraud every day. The State Of Illinois does not permit this to happen. Two different vendors must do the measurement and then the mitigation of radon. Call the experts. Get two or more bids and compare them.


Question: Is there any EPA or other certification for radon inspectors?
Answer:
Yes, The State Of Illinois Requires Both Radon Inspectors - Mitigation Vendors To Be Licensed.



Question: How can I know whether a particular town has a lot of radon in its homes?
Answer:
Check with The State Of Illinois... http://www.radon.illinois.gov

Question: Does radon effect all the rooms of a house?
Answer:
Radon is likely more often found at higher concentrations in a basement or at ground level. Major radon concern is in bedrooms, children's play rooms and the rooms where invalids may be. Test those rooms for sure.


Question: At what level of radon reading in my house should I get concerned?
Answer:
4.0 picoCuries per Liter is the official EPA "action level." It has been suggested that such level is VERY ROUGHLY the equivalent of smoking seven cigarettes per day. You may seek a lower exposure.

Question: If I find I have radon in my home how do I get rid of it or is there no cure?
Answer:
Radon cures are usually fairly quick and reliable. If your home has levels in the thousands! It may likely be reduced to less than 4.0 without great difficulty. Sometimes a radon reduction from 8 to less than 4 may be much more difficult.


Question: Should I get radon "check ups" for my home? Does the radon level vary?
Answer:
If you have a home in which radon work has been done, consider an annual do it yourself test at New Year's. If your home has had modifications to the heating or air conditioning system, or if you have had renovation work done, consider a radon test upon completion of such work. Radon levels will vary by time of day, season, air temperature, precipitation, open or closed interior doors, wind, and more. Make sure you follow the testing protocols which are provided with the do it yourself kit, or that you maintain the conditions advised by your radon test professionals. If you find radon, have your home tested professionally and mitigated if necessary, to ensure that you have peace of mind as well as a good, healthy and safe home.