Many homeowners in the Lexington area are unaware of the health problems that poor indoor air quality can introduce in their homes. Poor air quality makes your home host to all kinds of contaminants that pose serious health and safety risks to you and your family. Radon is one such contaminant that is frequently found in this area. That’s why we at Synergy Home are now offering radon mitigation services to help Kentucky homeowners make their homes safer for their families.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas produced by the decay of uranium in soil and rock. It occurs naturally in the environment and is typically found in the air and water. The average outdoor radon level is 0.4 pCi/L, but in higher concentrations of 4 pCi/L or more, exposure to it can be very dangerous. No matter if your home is in Louisville, Nicholasville, Lexington or Richmond, there is some amount of radon in your home.
What Makes Radon So Dangerous?
The U.S. Surgeon General, World Health Organization (WHO), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) all encourage homeowners to have their air tested for radon due to the serious health risks associated with prolonged exposure. WHO advises that in homes that exhibit radon concentration levels of just 2.7 pCi/L or more, action should be taken immediately to reduce radon levels. Health risks are significantly higher in homes and buildings with radon concentration levels of 4 pCi/L or more.
Radon exposure is most strongly linked with lung cancer. In fact, over 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer every year. According to EPA, radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. This means that if you are exposed to high concentrations of radon in your home, you could be at a higher risk of developing lung cancer. This risk is especially high in children, who may be at almost twice the risk as adults. People with respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema are also particularly susceptible effects from radon exposure.
The American Lung Association has noted that many people with early stage lung cancer do not have symptoms. In those who do have symptoms, these symptoms are the most common:
- A chronic cough, or “smoker’s cough”
- A cough that doesn’t go away and gets worse over time
- Shortness of breath
- Constant chest pain
- Frequent lung infections such as or bronchitis or pneumonia
- Coughing up blood
The Importance of Crawlspace Encapsulation
Radon emanates from fractured bedrock and seeps into your home through cracks in the foundation. If you have a crawl space, encapsulating that area is essential for minimizing exposure to radon. Crawl space encapsulation involves installing a tightly sealed vapor barrier along the floor, walls, and ceiling to prevent moisture and air infiltration. Additionally, insulating the foundation walls and installing a dehumidifier will increase the effectiveness of encapsulation. When done right, crawl space encapsulation can control humidity levels, improve indoor air quality, and aid in radon mitigation efforts.
How Synergy Heals Your Home
It’s important to know what’s in the air you’re breathing. Synergy’s radon mitigation services can ensure that you and your family remain free from the risks posed by radon exposure. Our certified contractors can evaluate your home and install a custom solution to fit your needs and keep you safe. A radon mitigation system will draw all the potentially deadly gas out of the air and safely vent it away from your home, and it's all backed by a 10-year guarantee!
Radon mitigation is only one of the solutions we offer to improve the health and safety of your greater Lexington area home. There may be a host of other upgrades that will also work to improve the air quality and efficiency, meaning your home is safer and costs less to keep running. Using our “house as a system” approach, we can help you make decisions that perfectly complement each other. Whether you need to install additional insulation, upgrade to a more efficient HVAC system, install solar panels, or cut down on the humidity in your home, we at Synergy have the expertise and experience to get the job done right and leave you satisfied for years to come.
Worried about how radon exposure might harm you and your family? Call (859) 687-0553 or contact us for more information about our radon mitigation services.