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Average Radon Levels In Indianapolis, Indiana
Radon is a gas that is created from decaying uranium in the soil. Radon gas is radioactive, and if you breathe in sufficiently concentrated radon levels for a long enough period of time, you significantly increase your risk of developing lung cancer and other health problems. Radon gas only becomes dangerous when it is trapped indoors; outside, it dissipates into the open air. Many houses accumulate radon when it seeps through cracks in the foundation and basement from the ground outside.
The average radon levels outdoors are usually about 0.4 pCi/L according to the National Academy of Sciences. Radon gas is estimated to cause about 21,000 deaths from lung cancer each year, but only about 800 of them are from this exterior radon. Indoors, however, the national average is 0.75 pCi/L, making it significantly more concentrated and roughly 16 percent more deadly if you spend a significant amount of time indoors. Levels this low are usually not harmful. Of course, current smokers or individuals who have smoked in the face an even higher lung cancer risk from the radon levels. Since radon gas and tobacco smoke are the two most common lung cancer causes, combining the two factors can be a deadly combination.
Acceptable and Dangerous Radon Levels
Unfortunately, the typical indoor radon levels in Indianapolis are much higher, often reaching between 3.5 and 4 pCi/L, or even higher in some cases. This is far higher than the national average. Therefore, if you live in this area, you should have your home’s radon levels tested regularly to ensure that you are safe. A simple home test kit will give you some indication of your house’s levels, although a professional test from SWAT Environmental will be much quicker and more accurate. If your home does contain unsafe radon levels, you can have a mitigation system installed to lower them. The specific components this system will require will depend on such factors as your house’s layout and its radon levels and sources.
Radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L are considered dangerous. However, government standards recommend an average level of 0.4 pCi/L to prevent virtually all possibility of harmful radon gas side effects. Since the soil in the Indianapolis area is particularly rich in the uranium and other elements that generate radon gas as they break down, reaching this recommended level can be somewhat challenging if you live in or around Indianapolis. However, considering the potentially deadly consequences of excessive radon gas exposure, taking the necessary steps to check your home’s radon levels, and to reduce them if necessary, is well worth the trouble. You could be protecting your family from serious health problems down the road. SWAT Environmental’s radon levels gas reduction experts can detect all the means by which the radon gas gets into your home and put a stop to it.
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