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How to Protect Yourself from Radon Exposure & Radon-Induced Lung Cancer

Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Office


Radon testing and mitigation can help prevent radon-induced lung cancer

In recognition of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, Silver River Basement Systems is encouraging all Colorado & New Mexico homeowners to test for radon in their homes.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. While cigarette smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Lung cancer is often thought of as a self-inflicted disease. This misconception has unfortunately made it one of the most deadly diseases. Lung cancer is also among the causes that receive the least amount of research funding. Each year, more than 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer, and more than 150,000 people die from the disease every year.

How is radon linked to cancer?

Radon is found everywhere, in varying levels. Radon is a naturally-occurring gas that builds up as uranium and other soil particles decay. The gas then seeps into our homes and accumulates in our basements or crawl spaces. This can then travel up into the living space. When the radioactive particles are inhaled, this can damage the lining of the lungs and over time, can result in lung cancer.

Radon is undetectable to our human senses and kills around 20,000 people each year; just 840 less than Leukemia.

The question you are likely asking yourself is: If radon is undetectable, how do I know if I should have my home tested?

The only way to know if radon is present, and putting you and your family at risk, is to have your home tested. Radon testing is easy and inexpensive. "Do-it-yourself" radon test kits are available at some home improvement and hardware stores. Some states also provide free or discounted test kits. If you prefer, you can hire a certified radon testing specialist to perform a Continuous Radon Monitor (CRM) test.

Even if your neighbor doesn’t have a problem with radon in their home, the same may not be true for your house. There are many contributing factors to radon levels: season, soil composition, a home’s tightness of their building envelope, and more. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends maintaining a constant level below 4.0 picocuries per liter. Once you have had a radon test conducted and have received the results, Silver River Basement Systems can recommend the right radon remediation system to extract the gas from your home, if needed.

As a qualified radon services professional, Silver River Basement Systems is compliant with all state requirements to provide radon mitigation services. Our coverage area includes Grand Junction, Farmington NM, Durango and many parts of Colorado & New Mexico. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

There is no better time than now to make sure your family is protected from this deadly gas. 

Serving CO & NM including the Greater Grand Junction area
Our Colorado & New Mexico Service Area
Cities in Alamosa County, CO
Alamosa
Hooper
Mosca

Cities in Archuleta County, CO
Arboles
Chromo
Pagosa Springs

Cities in Conejos County, CO
Antonito
Capulin
Conejos
La Jara
Manassa
Romeo
Sanford

Cities in Custer County, CO
Westcliffe
Wetmore

Cities in Delta County, CO
Austin
Cedaredge
Cory
Crawford
Delta
Eckert
Hotchkiss
Lazear
Paonia

Cities in Dolores County, CO
Cahone
Dove Creek
Rico

Cities in Fremont County, CO
Canon City
Coal Creek
Coaldale
Cotopaxi
Florence
Hillside
Howard
Penrose
Rockvale

Cities in Gunnison County, CO
Almont
Crested Butte
Gunnison
Ohio City
Parlin
Pitkin
Powderhorn
Somerset

Cities in Hinsdale County, CO
Lake City

Cities in La Plata County, CO
Bayfield
Durango

Cities in Mesa County, CO
Clifton
Collbran
De Beque
Fruita
Gateway
Glade Park
Grand Junction
Loma
Mack
Mesa
Molina
Palisade
Whitewater

Cities in Mineral County, CO
Creede

Cities in Montezuma County, CO
Cortez
Dolores
Lewis
Mancos
Mesa Verde National Park
Pleasant View
Towaoc
Yellow Jacket

Cities in Montrose County, CO
Bedrock
Cimarron
Montrose
Naturita
Nucla
Olathe
Paradox
Redvale

Cities in Ouray County, CO
Ouray
Ridgway

Cities in Rio Grande County, CO
Center

Cities in Saguache County, CO
Crestone
Moffat
Saguache
Sargents
Villa Grove

Cities in San Juan County, CO
Silverton

Cities in San Miguel County, CO
Egnar
Norwood
Ophir
Placerville
Telluride

Cities in Rio Arriba County, NM
Abiquiu
Alcalde
Canjilon
Canones
Cebolla
Chama
Chimayo
Cordova
Coyote
Dixon
Dulce
El Rito
Embudo
Espanola
Gallina
Hernandez
La Madera
Lindrith
Los Ojos
Medanales
Petaca
Tierra Amarilla
Truchas
Vallecitos
Velarde
Youngsville

Cities in San Juan County, NM
Aztec
Blanco
Bloomfield
Farmington
Flora Vista
Fruitland
Kirtland
La Plata
Nageezi
Navajo Dam
Newcomb
Sanostee
Sheep Springs
Shiprock
Waterflow

Our Locations:

Silver River Basement Systems
P.O. Box 905
Ship:1871 North Hwy. 149
Lake City, CO 81235
1-970-238-8873
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