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Whiteboard Wednesday 4: Radon 101

Amber Kennoy: [00:00:03] Hi everyone. Thanks for keeping it here on Everyday Kentucky. Amber Kennoy with you once again with Jamie Clark over at Synergy Home for Whiteboard Wednesday. And we’re doubling our whiteboards here. I like it. That’s it.

Jamie Clark: [00:00:12] We’re talking about a very serious topic, so we need a little bit of extra whiteboard.

Amber Kennoy: [00:00:15] Today, right and radon. Like it’s one of those things. I’ve experienced it in homes that I’ve been in the past and they’ve had to have it mitigated. But there’s a real good reason why people need to have their home tested.

Jamie Clark: [00:00:26] Yeah, so we really try to educate people on radon because there’s a lot of misconceptions about it. Most things that you need to know, it’s the number one cause of lung cancer for non smokers. One in three homes in central Kentucky have a radon problem that needs to be mitigated. It’s absolutely fixable. We’ve mitigated every job we’ve ever touched. It’s not very expensive. If you have any chance of reselling your home and you’ve got a radon issue, you’re going to have to deal with it. So better do it and make your family healthy. And then there’s even free health. The health department has free at home test kits if you want to test yourself.

Amber Kennoy: [00:00:56] Interesting. Now, I’ve actually heard that women are even more susceptible to the effects of radon.

Jamie Clark: [00:01:00] Women are slightly more susceptible, about 53% more likely. And then if you’re a cigarette smoker and you have a radon issue, you’re 60 times as likely to contract lung cancer than just being a smoker alone. So it like doubly intensifies it. So it’s important.

Amber Kennoy: [00:01:14] And it’s one of those things that you can’t smell it. No, no, there’s no there’s no signs that you have at your home unless you get it tested.

Jamie Clark: [00:01:20] It’s odorless, it’s colorless. The only way to know is to do an actual radon test and test specifically. And the thing is, in central Kentucky, it’s coming out of the ground naturally everywhere. So it’s coming into your basement and then it gets trapped inside the living space at the home. When the ground outside gets saturated with rain or snow, your house becomes the path of least resistance. So then it starts getting intensified.

Amber Kennoy: [00:01:41] So basement, crawl space, slab. Which one’s worse?

Jamie Clark: [00:01:44] No, no. That’s a misconception. Whether you’re in a basement a crawl space or a slab, you’re just as likely to have radon, not more prominent. And the other, the only thing we see is if you have a really drafty crawl space, it mitigates the radon itself because of the air leaking out of the house. But that’s a negative because it makes your house uncomfortable. So it’s not a positive.

Amber Kennoy: [00:02:02] All right. Tell them how they can get questions to you.

Jamie Clark: [00:02:04] Give us a call at 859-687-0553 or info@mysynergyhome.com

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