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    Radon is a Cancer causing radioactive gas that is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. It is found all over the world....including New York.  Radon can be found in any home whether it is new, old, slab, crawlspace, or basement. Radon is odorless and colorless. It typically rises up through the ground and into your home through holes in the foundation, where the concentration can build up. Air pressure in a structure is usually lower than pressure in the soil under and around a structures foundation. Because of this difference in pressure a structure may act like a vacuum drawing radon in through small openings in the foundation. Radon is a radioactive element.  This means that radon is unstable and will decay into other elements over time. These elements are called decay products. When a radioactive element decays, it emits radiation. It is the radiation given off by radon and its decay products that is the health risk concern. The decay products of radon are alpha, beta, and gamma. These decay products are not gases but are solids that form in the air whenever radon is present. These solids have an electric charge. Because of this charge, the decay product can become attracted to almost any object, including particles in the air such as dust. As you breathe it, it may become trapped in your lungs. Alpha particles are of the most concern. When lodged in the mucus membrane lining that coats the lung, this means that a radioactive material is directly on your lung tissue. The living cells of the lung now can be exposed directly to the radiation from the decay product.

The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to smoking. The U.S. EPA has established an "action level" for indoor radon. It is 4 pCi / L (pico curies per liter of air). If your home has a radon level of 4pCi / L or greater fix the home. The average indoor radon level is estimated to be 1.3 pCi / L , 0.4 pCi / L is normally found in the outside air. Remember the ONLY way to know if you have a problem is to test. It is recommended that you hire a state certified and / or an EPA listed measurement company who can provide you with a quality test.

Let us help!

Tufano Mechanical can help you protect your family with Radon Mitigation system.  We feel it is very important for families to be aware of the extreme dangers of Radon gasses, and do everything in their power to protect themselves from it's dangers.  This can very easily be included into the cost of building your home.  We have actually surprised many people because they thought it would cost a lot more than it actually does.  In services like this you shouldn't ask yourself if you can afford to do it or not....the fact is you can't afford not to!

  • We are able to do any type of radon mitigation system that is out there.  Some home builders include the fittings in the slab upon construction for easy installation in the future.  If this is the case, the cost of your system can be diminishes greatly.
  • Let us install your Radon Mitigation system in your new home.

     

     


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