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Young Children who live in mold positive homes are three times to contract asthma by the age of 7, according to an article and study published in the ieconnections paper. The University of Cincinnati did a study over the last seven years and took comparative data from its 700 evaluated children involved in the Childhood Allergy and Air pollution study ( CCAAPS). The study has shown that early life exposure to mold, plays a critical role in childhood developed asthma. As well genetic play a factor in this study. If the parents of the child have allergy’s or asthma they are at a greater risk of developing asthma. What dose this study mean for our homeowners, motivation. This study should motivate parents and expecting parents alike to have there homes tested if there was ever any evidence of water damage or water intrusion into the home.
It is always important to make sure your home is safe for you and your family. But its also important to test before you make a uneducated decsion and end up paying for something that wanst even there. Companys can very easily take advantage of homeowners fears. This is why it is very important to test before any action is taken Watch this clip on the Today show about this growing problem these people are making a bad image for our profession lets set it straight.
During these past winter weeks we have had the ability to get the most accurate levels in homes for radon due to the fact that many people keep there windows and doors closed during this time. I don’t know many people who thought a nice blizzard breeze felt good. Now if you have your house tested this spring it is very crucial to the test your doing to recieve the most accurate levels possible. As well its very important to your families health as well. As a Radon testing company we see the effects of windows being left open during radon test, or if they were not used properly. Thus why we send out two test or do our (CRM) continuois Radon Monitor. It’s important for us to get this information out to you. Because we want you the home owner getting the best readings so we know that your home and whats in it, is going to be protected. So remeber if you have your home tested no matter how beautiful these spring days become keep windows and doors closed when testing for Radon.
Today mark’s a day in the history of Colorado, and for Radon. A bill is being presented to the senate and the state of Colorado, to protect our Home sellers and buyers from Radon gases. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Its the Number 1 cause of lung cancer in non-smoking people. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, gas which attacks your lungs. This bill will make Colorado a healthier state in that, our homes will be safer to live in. We can all benefit from the fact that our families will be protected from this silent killer. To have this bill pass, would be a huge step for Colorado, not only for our health but, for our State as a whole. This bill will make it so the Sellers and real estate agencies are responsible for testing a mitigating the Radon in the home. We can save lives just simply by testing and providing that information to the buyers. As well homes being built are to have Radon mitigation systems installed which will drop initial cost of the installation of the systems cheaper up front. So lets hope that House Bill 12-1165 makes it. Sue Shaffer is our representative for this house bill so email her to give her a thank you.(firstname.lastname@example.org) Click here to see the short summary of the Bill.
Radon, It is know as the silent killer and for a good reason. Its a odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that can enter into your home. Radon is produced through the break down of uranium in the soil which most of the time si located under homes foundations. It as well is the secound leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Home owners and homebuyers should always test there homes for Radon. Studies do shows that most of Colorado’s counties are potential areas for high Radon. The EPA’s zone map of Colorado shows most of the counties in the Zone 1 levels. Which is the zone that the EPA recomends the homeowners to take action. Click here to go to the EPA’s Map of Colorado.
Because radon levels are influenced by a variety of factors—soil type and moisture, how “tight” the home is, type of heating and ventilation system, movement of air and groundwater, air pressure, and lifestyle behavior of the occupants—the only way to know if a home has elevated levels of radon is to test it. This table was pulled from an Artical about Radon In the Home Click here to go there.
Table 1: Radon risk if you have never smoked (Developed by the EPA). Radon
If 1,000 people who never smoked were exposed to this level over a lifetime
The risk of cancer from radon exposure compares to WHAT TO DO 20 pCi/L* about 36 people could get lung cancer 35 times the risk of drowning Fix your home. 10 pCi/L* about 18 people could get lung cancer 20 times the risk of dying in a home fire Fix your home. 8 pCi/L* about 15 people could get lung cancer 4 times the risk of dying ina fall Fix your home. 4 pCi/L* about 7 people could get lung cancer The risk of dying in a car crash. Fix your home. 2 pCi/L* about 4 people could get lung cancer The risk of dying of poison. Consider fixing between 2 and 4 pCi/L 1.3 pCi/L* about 2 people could get lung cancer Average indoor radon level. (Reducing radon levels below
2 pCi/L is difficult.)
0.4 pCi/L* Average outdoor radon level. (Reducing radon levels below
2 pCi/L is difficult.)
*pCi/L: picocuries of radon per liter of air
NOTE: If you are a former smoker, your risk may be higher.