Posts Tagged "Radon in Colorado"
Radon has been under the microscope for its effects to our health sense it was brought to our attention as home owners. Up untile recently there has been many skeptics that have always argued radon effects on our lungs, stating there has never been conclusive data that has proven the true effects of radon. A recent study done by chemist at the University of Pennsylvania, has shown that Radon does bond with discrete molecules ( such as lung tissue). As well the study shows what higher levels can cause as more molecule binding is seen at higher rates of Radon. This was a big step for the education on Radon and the community. The team of Chemist lead by a Professor Ivan J. Dmochowski used a process that came from xenon gas. Xenon Gas is a noble gas like Radon. With this test they can now use this to test Radon binding on Proteins in our lungs, and if we know Radon’s affinity for those proteins, you can get a better idea of the concentrations and timescale over which it is dangerous.
To read more on this recent breakthrough Click Here
With the summer heat wave winding down and the kids back in school, we know fall is surely on its way. The Fall and Winter Seasons are the best time to perform your radon testing.
When performing a short term radon test, you have to maintain closed house conditions 12 hours prior to the onset of the testing and during the 48 hours. This means all windows and doors leading to the exterior. Normal entry and exit is fine, just no open windows or doors to the exterior.
Doing so during the summer months when a home does not have A/C; is almost unbearable for the occupants. Testing during Fall and Winter allow the occupants to maintain closed house conditions and yet stay comfortable not opening their windows, thus providing a more accurate average radon concentration for that testing duration.
When performing long term radon testing, closed house conditions do not need to be maintained. Long-term testing is a period of 91 days up to a full year. The long-term testing is the best testing available to obtain your overall radon exposure levels. The long-term testing allows the occupants to live in the home as they normally would through the seasons. No matter which test you are performing the cooler weather is often the best time to do your radon testing. RDS Environmental provides test kits for both short term and long term testing. Contact us today to order your test kit or have one of our radon technicians perform your testing.
This is an easy way to tell if your radon system is pulling the right amount of air for the type of system you have, also it will help you know if your system is in need of service by one of our technicians. The readout on the manometer should be between 0.5in – 1.75in. In most cases these are acceptable levels indicating, your system is operating correct. When your Radon system is shut off the fluid should rest at zero if it does not then your manometer is low on fluid. It is important to understand that these readouts will indicate if your system is in need of any maintentance and should be serviced.
Recently President Obama has been making many budget cuts and the list of areas where money will be taken out for this years budget deficit, has been released. There is one area on that list that brings some concern towards our countries indoor air quality. The EPA will experience a 2 million dollar budget cut in the indoor air quality department. Political view aside I believe that putting money towards keeping our families safe is just as important as saving money. When will enough be enough. Now we have to make it known that we don’t want this money to be taken away. CASNAR has already started making arrangements to talk to the government officials and try to get some of our funding back. This could hurt our country more then the bail out. the link that follows is a letter to our president from a women who had lost her husband to Radon and is trying to get it across to President Obama that the EPA needs that money. Click here