ENVIRONMENTAL 101: Radon Mitigation and Testing

Should I test for Radon Gas in my home? Yes, you should!

According to the EPA, Radon is the leading Cause of Lung Cancer for Non-Smokers

You can’t see it. You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it. Radon, a Class A carcinogen, is the second cause of lung cancer overall. Radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year (one every 25 minutes).  In Florida, one in five homes tested has elevated radon levels above the EPA action level of 4 pCi/L. Elevated radon levels have been found in all types of Florida buildings, including manufactured homes, schools and high-rise condominiums.

Radon comes from the radioactive breakdown of naturally occurring radium found in most Florida soils. As a gas in the soil, it enters buildings through small openings in the foundation. Since the building can hold the radon similarly to smoke trapped under a glass, indoor radon concentrations can increase to many times that of outdoor levels. The only way to know the radon levels in your home is to test.

Longleaf Environmental has been installing Radon Mitigation Systems since 2008. We are Alachua Counties only state certified Radon Mitigation Business. We have installed systems in residential homes, schools and apartment complexes. Longleaf Environmental prides itself on having an owner onsite, installing your Radon Mitigation System every time.

Below is a video that was produced by the Dr. Oz show that illustrates the effects of Radon Gas on your lungs.