"Radon is a naturally occurring gas and it's created by the uranium that you would find from the soil, so uranium is normally associated with mountains which is why some states like Colorado would be considered to have more radon", explained Colby Adams, who is the environmental health director for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Division of Public Health. The gas enters homes and buildings from the ground and cracks in the floors and walls, as well as through openings in the foundation, and exposure can damage lung tissue, making radon the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers in the country. "During these colder months, our homes are closed up, trapping gases inside and providing more accurate radon readings". According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, about 1 out of 10 homes in Wisconsin has high radon levels. "You can not see or smell radon". If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Testing for radon is a simple process. Radon is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L) and the EPA has identified 4 pCi/L as a recommended action level.
Radon levels in the outdoors are usually harmless; however, radon can build up indoors to unsafe levels. Radon test kits can also be purchased at local hardware stores. Options for remediation of radon in the home are available at the CDPH Indoor Radon Program.
Kendall County's geology is rich in uranium deposits, capable of producing high levels of radon gas.
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If testing shows that there is a radon problem, the homeowner will need to install a system that will prevent the radon from accumulating in the home.
Radon mitigation professionals are trained to reduce radon in homes using ventilation and depressurization systems and other techniques.
The cost of a radon mitigation system can vary, but typically runs around $1,200. After completing a short online form, a free test kit will be mailed within a few weeks. Place the small, non-obtrusive test kit in the lowest living level of the home for three to seven days. Lincoln County Health Department is always working for a safer and healthier Lincoln County.