Illinois Radon Laws
Did you know we aren’t the only ones who take radon seriously? Illinois has several radon laws in the books. Each Illinois radon law helps to protect home buyers, children & families from the ill effects of radon exposure.
Illinois Radon Law #1
In January of 2008, Illinois put into effect the Illinois Awareness Act. This act requires sellers of a residential property to provide information about indoor radon exposure. They must also disclose the fact that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. This law does not require residential properties to be tested for radon prior to the sale. It also not require radon remediation to be performed if a test is done and the results come back high. However, if there has been a radon test done on the home, the seller is required to provide the results with the buyer.
Illinois Radon Law #2
In January 2012, Illinois put into effect a radon law to help protect renters. This new radon law gives people who rent, whether it is an apartment, condo or a single family home the right to access information about radon levels in their home. It also requires the landlord to notify the tenants, before a lease is signed, if the rental space has been tested for radon & whether or not a radon hazard may be present. If a radon test has not been conducted, the renter has the right to conduct either a DIY radon home test kit or hire a professional tester. If the test results show high levels of radon, the renter should inform the lessor in writing. It is recommended that all units below the third level be tested for radon.
Stay tuned fore more Illinois Radon Laws in the coming weeks. If you have any questions about these or any other radon laws, we’d love to help! Call our offices at 630-499-1492 to speak with a licensed Radon Specialist today.
January is Radon Action Month
January is Radon Action Month. It’s the perfect time to take action against radon in your home & keep your family safe. We’ve put together a list of ideas you can use to bring awareness to radon this Radon Action Month.
Check your home for radon.
The first thing you can do in your fight against radon is to have your home tested. Hire a radon measurement company or purchase a DIY kit from your local hardware store. Testing your home for radon is easy & inexpensive. It is the simplest way to take action against Radon.
Install a radon mitigation system.
Another great step you can take during Radon Action Month is to have your home mitigated. You should install an active mitigation system in your home if your test levels come back higher than 4.0 pCi/L. If your levels come back lower, you always have the option to install a passive system.
Raise awareness about radon.
Radon causes over 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. Radon exposure is easily preventable if you know the correct actions to take. Sadly, many people are not aware of the risks associated with radon. Be an advocate in your community. Share facts about radon on social media, attend a radon awareness event in your area, or tell somebody about the risks associated with radon exposure.
If you need help bringing awareness to the very serious issue of radon, give our office a call. We are here to help. One of our main focuses is to bring awareness to the dangers of radon. Radon related sicknesses & death can be avoidable if the proper steps are taken. Don’t sit idly as Radon Action Month passes you by. Test your home. Install a mitigation system. Raise awareness. We’d love to hear about what you do in the fight against radon!
Radon & lung cancer. We write about it all of the time. Often times, people wonder HOW exactly radon causes lung cancer.
How does radon cause lung cancer?
The scientific answer is that radon decays quickly. As it decays, it gives off tiny radioactive particles. When we breath those particles in, they can damage cells that line the lungs. Long term exposure to these radioactive particles, or radon, can lead to lung cancer. Lung cancer is the only cancer that has been proven to be associated with inhaling radon.
The layman’s answer is that radon is a poisonous gas. The more of it you breath in, the higher your chances are at developing lung cancer.
What can I do about radon & lung cancer?
Radon & lung cancer are a deadly combination. When radon & lung cancer are handled appropriately, they do not have to be a problem. The EPA recommends having your home tested for radon. If your levels are higher than 4.0 pCi/L, you should have your have a radon mitigation system installed. Mitigation systems help to remove radon from your home by redirecting it. This is typically done by venting the radon outside of your home through sub slab depressurization. It is always best to have a radon mitigation system installed by a licensed professional.
What can Trinity Electrical & Radon Mitigation do for you?
We specialize in creating custom systems to remove radon from your home. Each radon mitigation system we install is customized for the home it is being installed into. If you have a radon issue in your home, give us a call today. We’d be more happy to discuss the best way to reduce your levels. We offer free phone estimates. Call our offices at 630-554-1492 to talk with one of our licensed radon professionals today!
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