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How to Protect Yourself from Radon Exposure & Radon-Induced Lung Cancer

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014


Radon testing and mitigation can help prevent radon-induced lung cancer

In recognition of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, M. Webster Construction, Inc. is encouraging all Pennsylvania homeowners to test for radon in their homes.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. While cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Lung cancer is often thought of as a self-inflicted disease. This misconception has unfortunately made it one of the most deadly diseases. Lung cancer is also among the causes that receive the least amount of research funding. Each year, more than 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer, and more than 150,000 people die from the disease every year.

How is radon linked to cancer?

Radon is found everywhere, in varying levels. Radon is a naturally-occurring gas that builds up as uranium and other soil particles decay. The gas then seeps into our homes and accumulates in our basements or crawl spaces. This can then travel up into the living space. When the radioactive particles are inhaled, this can damage the lining of the lungs and over time, can result in lung cancer.

Radon is undetectable to our human senses and kills around 20,000 people each year; just 840 less than Leukemia.

The question you are likely asking yourself is: If radon is undetectable, how do I know if I should have my home tested?

The only way to know if radon is present, and putting you and your family at risk, is to have your home tested. Radon testing is easy and inexpensive. "Do-it-yourself" radon test kits are available at some home improvement and hardware stores. Some states also provide free or discounted test kits. If you prefer, you can hire a certified radon testing specialist to perform a Continuous Radon Monitor (CRM) test.

Even if your neighbor doesn’t have a problem with radon in their home, the same may not be true for your house. There are many contributing factors to radon levels: season, soil composition, a home’s tightness of their building envelope, and more. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends maintaining a constant level below 4.0 picocuries per liter. Once you have had a radon test conducted and have received the results, M. Webster Construction, Inc. can recommend the right radon remediation system to extract the gas from your home, if needed.

As a qualified radon services professional, M. Webster Construction, Inc. is compliant with all state requirements to provide radon mitigation services. Our coverage area includes Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster and many parts of Pennsylvania. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

There is no better time than now to make sure your family is protected from this deadly gas. 

Serving PA including the Greater Reading area
Our Pennsylvania Service Area
Cities in Berks County, PA
Bernville
Bethel
Hamburg
Kenhorst
Laureldale
Leesport
Mohnton
Mohrsville
Muhlenberg
North Heidelberg
Reading
Robesonia
Shillington
Shoemakersville
Sinking Spring
Springmont
Temple
Wernersville
West Reading
Womelsdorf
Wyomissing

Cities in Dauphin County, PA
Berrysburg
Dauphin
Elizabethville
Grantville
Gratz
Halifax
Harrisburg
Hershey
Highspire
Hummelstown
Lykens
Middletown
Millersburg
Paxtang
Penbrook
Pillow
Royalton
Steelton
Wiconisco
Williamstown

Cities in Lancaster County, PA
Adamstown
Akron
Bird In Hand
Clay
Cocalico
Columbia
Denver
East Earl
East Petersburg
Eden
Elizabethtown
Ephrata
Hempfield
Lancaster
Landisville
Leacock
Leola
Lititz
Manheim
Marietta
Maytown
Mount Joy
Mountville
Narvon
New Holland
Reamstown
Reinholds
Rheems
Rothsville
Stevens
Terre Hill
Wheatland

Cities in Lebanon County, PA
Annville
Cleona
Cornwall
Fredericksburg
Jonestown
Lebanon
Mount Gretna
Myerstown
Newmanstown
Palmyra
Richland

Our Locations:

M. Webster Construction, Inc.
805 Pershing Street
Lebanon, PA 17046
1-717-473-6020
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