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Did you know January is Radon Action Month?

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Mark DannehlWhat is radon?
Radon is an invisible, odorless radioactive gas that is present in nearly all homes (regardless of age) and in every region of Wisconsin. Since radon comes from the soil beneath your home, gaps, cracks, and openings to soil through basement floors and walls allow radon gas to seep into your home.

Why should I be concerned about radon in my home?
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer death among nonsmokers in the U.S.

How do I know if I have a high level of radon in my home?
You’ll need to purchase a radon test kit online or from a home improvement store. Follow the directions on the package and send the test kit to a participating test lab to get your results.

What is considered a “high level” of radon inside a home?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s guideline says that a radon reading of higher than 4 pCi/L for the year average on the main floor is considered an elevated risk. You may need to take multiple tests to confirm. A reading lower than 4 pCi/L means your home has low radon levels and no follow-up is needed. Anything between 4 and 8 pCi/L should be monitored closely, and a reading above 8 pCi/L means that steps should be taken to mitigate radon exposure in your home. Keep in mind, radon levels can fluctuate throughout the year, so while you may have a high radon reading in summer, it may be much less in the winter. You'll need to test your home to find out.

What is radon mitigation?
To mitigate radon exposure in a home, a contractor would typically seal cracks, gaps and openings in your basement. Depending on the average radon levels present in your home, a sub-slab depressurization system would also need to be installed. A continuously running fan and exhaust system together effectively reduces the air pressure below your basement floor and allows air in the basement to flow down to the depressurized zone and lessen radon levels.

More information about radon exposure, mitigation, and more can be found on the web.

Mark Dannehl, Personal Insurance Consultant