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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 by Kal Aldrich
November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, besides cigarette smoke. Therefore, if you smoke and live in a home with high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is significantly increased. Several people in the United States are incognizant of radon or do not know what it is. Organizations such as the Lung Cancer Foundation of America spread awareness and presents facts around the entire country on the causes, effects, and solutions to lung cancer. Awareness is an important first step, and the next step is to do yourself a favor and get your home tested for radon to make sure you are living in a healthy environment.
Radon is a senseless, hazardous gas that is found underground and in your soil. Since it is senseless, people have no idea when they breathe it in. It can get into the house through your well water, cracks, gaps, and small openings that are found in the home. Over time, the radioactive gas slowly eats away at the outer layer of your lungs and can get trapped, increasing your risk of lung cancer. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), “Radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.” In fact, the World Health Organization states that “Radon causes 15% of the world’s lung cancer cases and kills one person every 25 minutes.” This senseless killer can be avoided by getting a radon test today.
Getting your home tested for radon is the only way to figure out if you and your family are breathing in unhealthy air. As a homeowner, taking care of this in November or any time in the winter is a smart choice, because radon levels are much higher in the winter due to windows and doors being closed more often. Call us today to schedule your radon test with one of our Design Specialists. The test results typically come back within 48 hours. Depending on your results, you and your Design Specialist can decide how and when to take further action.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development says additional actions that you can take are, “Stop smoking and discourage smoking in your home, increase the airflow in your home, seal the cracks in your floors and walls, and ask your house inspector about radon before buying a new home.” In fact, at American Waterworks, we seal cracks and floors, install dehumidifiers, and test for radon, as well as install radon mitigation systems to make sure your air quality is healthy.
We can work together to keep you, your family, and your home safe from radon and reduce your chance of getting lung cancer. Our certified and highly-trained professionals can provide you with testing and mitigation services to reduce your radon gas levels and give you the peace of mind that you deserve. We are offering $50 OFF your radon mitigation system until March 31, 2022. Give us a call or click here to get your home tested today.
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