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Radon issues

  • By lemaster
  • 14 Mar, 2016
Surgeon General Health Advisory

“Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques.”
January 2005

I have issues with the testing for Radon in homes here in Napa. The test is designed to be done with windows and doors closed over a 2-day period so the tester has time to collect a sample. Great if you plan to leave town for the weekend but not realistic overall. A 2-day test will tell you little in an environment where we deal with seismic occurrences from time to time. 

Radon is radioactive gas given off by soils and rock below your home. Yes it's there and it always has been, we survived somehow but it is estimated over 20,000 deaths in America are due to Radon gas poisoning, scary if you put it that way. 
you could do a long-term, 90-day test, only to have issues come up after the next little jolt. 

Proper ventilation is the only real solution, one more reason to ensure your home is properly ventilated. Crawl spaces and attics can be power vented with solar with little or no cost to you over a 3 to 5 years term. The upfront costs can be offset my some incentives and tax breaks but we are talking a small entry level system that will cost about $2,000.00 plus installation. 

If you have a crawl space that's where most of your indoor air is coming from, if it's wet you are exposing your family to mold and other potentially hazardous contaminants. Proper ventilation is the biggest issue I see here in the bay area. My little solar solution is looking for homes to run a test market on so give me a call and we can talk. 707-260-5524
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