Radon Gas in Pittsburgh, PA
You may be surprised to learn this, but the state of Pennsylvania is known to have higher-than-average levels of radon gas. In fact, our averages are higher than the EPA’s recommended guidelines. Radon is a gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil. It’s a radioactive gas and it’s dangerous to your health. It’s not a scam, it’s not a trick, and it’s not a way for a company to make money selling “tests.” It’s very real.
Why don’t you hear more about it? Well, the onus is on the homeowner. Pennsylvania has a high level of radon in the soil, so it’s just expected that you, the homeowner, will take care of and test your own property. There’s nothing that can be done to stop the release of radon in the ground, but there’s a way to install a mitigation system in your home that drastically and amazingly “moves” the radon release to beyond your living area. It works very well and should be installed by anyone who detects high levels of radon inside a home.
Radon Gas Testing
How do you test for radon gas in your home? Well, you can start with any retailer from Walmart to Amazon. There are two types of testing available, but you probably should just start with the quick test. For around $20, you can get a kit that you open and leave in the room for about 48 hours. When finished, you pack it up and send it to a testing lab that lets you know your level of radon in your home. There is also a 90+ day test, but the quick test should at least open up the conversation about what to do next. Do make sure you get your test back promptly, it’s usually around 10 days that you have to send the test back to the testing labs.
The bad news? Well, not bad—but if you do have a radon gas problem in your home, a mitigation system is around $800. You may be able to have insurance pay for it, though, which helps. And compared to the cost of treating lung cancer or dying early, $800 is nothing. It’s without question easier and more affordable to deal with your radon problem than to try and cure your lung cancer.
Test Your Home for Radon Gas
What’s stopping you from the $20-30 test for radon on your home? You. Make sure you go out and test for radon, even if you rent your property. You are more likely to find a higher radon level here than in other states throughout the nation, and knowing is half the battle here.
Henry Duckstein Jr.