Reducing radon in your home

Posted, January 16, 2013 --- 5:28 p.m.

With the cold and snowy weather, more and more people are choosing to hang out indoors verses heading outside, but could that be a dangerous decision? Your home could have more radon in it than you would think.

It's the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country, radon.

Basements are going to have the highest levels of the gas and if you have a playroom, or even a bedroom downstairs, experts say your chances of lung cancer could be going up with every breath you take.

It's invisible, odorless, and dangerous.

"The risk of radon is an increased risk of lung cancer, it doesn't have any immediate effects like coughing or difficulty breathing or anything like that."

John Hausbeck with Public Health of Madison and Dane County says radon is in the soil, and it's always moving from high pressure to low pressure, often finding it's way into your basement.

"That's why we want people to test their homes, find out how much radon is in their homes and take action to lower the levels if it's too high."

He says 4.8 units is what they consider an unacceptable risk level and he says to find out how much is in your home, it's simple. Just pick up a test kit, expose it to your basement air for a few days and send it in for results.

"It's a simple test to do. The test are readily available, we sell them here as a part of our radon awareness program."

John says if you do test your home and find the levels are high, there is a way to fix it. He says a series of pipes running from your attic to your basement can reverse the pressure in your home.

"Air will flow from your house into the soil other than the other way around."

For information on how to get a test kit you can click HERE.

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