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5 Causes of Lung Cancer (in non smokers)

While cigarette smoking is an undisputed cause of lung cancer, not all cases of lung cancer occur in smokers or former smokers. Each year, over 170,000 Americans develop lung cancer, and approximately ten per cent of lung cancers, or 17,000 cases, occur in non-smokers. Although not every non-smoker suffering from lung cancer will have an… Read More

Your Passive Radon System Isn’t Good Enough

My new home came with a passive radon system. Isn’t that good enough? The short answer: no. The long one: even a perfectly constructed passive radon system will not necessarily reduce radon levels below the EPA’s action level of 4 pCi/l. This doesn’t mean your home wasn’t built well. It just means that the strength… Read More

Real Estate and Radon

You’ve spent weeks, perhaps even months, preparing your home to go on the market. You’ve done those updates you’ve put off for so long, made the obvious repairs & kept your home absurdly clean. You’ve packed up your family at a moments’ notice, milling about grocery stores, parks, & Target. Finally – an offer is… Read More

Radon Test Failure: What Can You Do?

You’ve found the perfect house. It’s in your budget, it’s located exactly where you want, it hits everything on your check list, and it failed the radon test. Wait – failed the radon test? If your desired home fails the radon test, you should find another house, right? WRONG! Radon can be mitigated and should… Read More

How Does Radon Enter Homes?

“How does radon enter homes?” is one of the most common radon questions we hear. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It is produced by the breakdown of uranium within rock, soil & water. Since it is naturally occurring, it is only natural that radon enters homes. It is odorless, tasteless, & colorless. The… Read More

What is Radon Poisoning?

Radon poisoning is a direct result of having too much exposure to radon. Though radon naturally occurs from the breakdown of uranium in the soil, it is highly radioactive. There is no such thing as a “safe” amount of radon exposure. The EPA has set an action level, which is 4.0pCi/L, but even at lower… Read More

Illinois Radon Laws Part 2

Illinois Radon Laws Continued We are continuing our look at Illinois Radon Laws. In our last post, we talked about how Illinois Radon Laws protect sellers, buyers & renters. This week we are looking at how our radon laws protect children & new construction dwellings. Illinois Radon Law #3 As of January 1, 2013, Illinois mandated… Read More

Illinois Radon Law Part 1

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… Read More

National Radon Action Plan

Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency has partnered with 10 other organizations (spearheaded by the American Lung Association) to create a  National Radon Action Plan. Their goal is to reduce the radon risk in over 5 million homes, and saving 3,200 lives annually by 2020. Their plan outlines the framework for this to… Read More

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