Symptoms of Radon Problems in the Home

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  • September 13, 2013 2:59 am
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Radon is a radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste. Radon is actually the cause of thousands of cancer related deaths every year in the United States.  One of the ways to keep yourself and your family from becoming a statistic is to get your home tested for Radon.  There are several ways to do this.  There are Radon test kits availabe that you can purchase on your own from places like Home Depot.  You can also hire a radon mitigation specialist to test your home and then perform the necessary procedures to make your home safe if it has elevated levels of radon.  The acceptable levels for Radon is about 4 pCi/L and below.  Any reading above that can be a serious health risk and should be taken care of ASAP.

Radon can be a very sneaky health hazard.  Most of the time there are no symptoms until the damage is done and you are sick or worse yet have cancer.  There would be no way to know of radon a issue without getting the area tested since it is virtually invisible to all of your senses!

Exposure to radon may not always be symptomatic, however some symptoms you may experience include chest pain, chest congestion and shortness of breath.  If you experience wheezing or hoarseness, it is a sign of Radon and chronic respiratory infections like bronchitis or pneumonia. If you have of these symptoms, visit your doctor right away and if you haven’t tested your home for Radon it is imperative that you do so, since  Radon could very well be the underlying cause of your condition.  Of course Radon can be eliminated from your home with a professional Radon mitigation system, however once you are symtomatic getting the source of the problem fixed would not be enough and you should be seeking treatment for your health issues as well.

If you suspect that your illness is related to your home, contact your doctor immediately. Radon has been called a national environmental health problem, with 8 million homes across the United States tested with high levels of Radon.  About 1 in 5 homes will have elevated Radon levels across the United States.  There is good news however, Radon can be brought down to healthy levels in your home with the correct steps.  Testing your home is easy, and the health of you and your family is worth the cost!

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