Radon is an invisible, odorless gas, naturally occurring beneath the soil. Unbeknownst to many Tennessee residents, radon often seeps through the soil and into many homes, businesses, and other structures in the US. A hotbed for radon, Tennessee’s residents are at a high risk as the gas silently drifts into buildings through seemingly insignificant entrances such as cracks in walls and basement flooring. As the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., radon is a dangerous invader, and kills an estimated 21,000 people annually.
Certain elements commonly found in limestone, uranium and radium, are scattered underground throughout Tennessee. These radioactive metals within the soil break down and radon is created as a Class A radioactive byproduct. This gas quickly begins its journey through the soil, seeping upward, and often makes its way into homes, businesses, and other structures above.
While a commonplace gas, due to the nature of Tennessee soil, radon is a serious concern. Many residents are completely unaware of its presence due to its odorless and tasteless nature, they may be in danger of experiencing the effects of exposure. According to the CDC, “When you breathe in radon, radioactive particles from radon gas can get trapped in your lungs. Over time, these radioactive particles increase the risk of lung cancer. It may take years before health problems appear.”
To experts in the field, radon is a very serious concern, and Tennessee residents should be made aware of the danger threatening them and their families. Prevention concerning radon exposure and exposure damage are a vital topic, and one that often does not receive adequate attention.
Known as picocuries per liter (pCi/L), these units of radon measurement are a crucial term with which Tennessee residents and business owners should be familiar. PCi/L Radon levels are measured through specific radon testing devices, either professionally or via a home test kit. According to the Tennessee Radon Program, nearly 16% of Tennessee homes are likely affected by serious radon contamination, while in some counties those numbers may be as high as 75%.
When measuring radon levels in the home, the EPA recommends that results showing a radon level at or above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air requires that mitigation measures be taken immediately in order to reduce the radon within the contaminated area. The World Health Organization suggests that these measures be taken when home reading levels average 2.7 or higher.
Tennessee is an extremely radon-prevalent area, and this requires that her citizens be aware and vigilant. Tennessee residents should be ever mindful of the possibility of radon contamination, and attentive in their detection and elimination of the gas. With the seriousness of the risk in mind, Radon 1 has diligently served Nashville, Chattanooga, and numerous other cities across the state for over two decades. Providing reliable service through their expertise and comprehensive understanding of both radon and the danger it presents, Tennessee’s premier radon testing and mitigation company has the experience and resources necessary to serve Tennessee homeowners, ensuring the safety and well-being of both the homeowners and their families.