Comments on: Question of the Week: How did you check your home for radon? http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/01/qotw-radon-month/ The EPA Blog Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:00:35 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Eileen Atchison http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/01/qotw-radon-month/#comment-16883 Mon, 05 Sep 2011 16:26:16 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1287#comment-16883 How did you get your free radon test kit from the state? I need to test my home and I need this information. Thank you.

]]>
By: Jani http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/01/qotw-radon-month/#comment-16882 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 13:36:14 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1287#comment-16882 For information about radon and granite countertops, go to http://www.epa.gov/radon and look up FAQ #5103.

]]>
By: Mariam http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/01/qotw-radon-month/#comment-16881 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 22:55:44 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1287#comment-16881 My friend told me that her neighbor had granite kitchen counters. When she got her radon testing for her home, her counter top showed high radon concentration. I was wondering if this is true about granite. If granite emits radon, are there different levels of pci/l concentration for different kinds of granite? Can someone please comment on this.
Thanks.

]]>
By: Mariam http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/01/qotw-radon-month/#comment-16880 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 21:23:02 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1287#comment-16880 Radon testing is a smart preventive measure we can all take to lessen our risk of lung cancer. I’ve just learned about radon after watching your infomercial. I will definitely request for the test kit.

A thousand dollars to install a radon device is a bit steep for me, but if I weigh the benifits, I would say it’s worth it. Another less expensive way we can keep radon out our home is to keep some airflow going in our home. We would want to do that anyway for other healthy reasons as well.

]]>
By: Rebecca http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/01/qotw-radon-month/#comment-16879 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 00:05:02 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1287#comment-16879 I went to visit my family this past weekend and brought my mom and each of my brothers radon test kits for their homes. I bought the kits for $10 each at the local hardware store. I set up the kit in the basement of each house… it was so easy!

Now all they have to do is leave it out for 4 days, cap the 2 vials, then mail them in! They’ll have the results in only a few weeks.

]]>
By: Biojoe http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/01/qotw-radon-month/#comment-16878 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 14:51:05 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1287#comment-16878 I tested my home with a very short term device (2 weeks). I obtained it from the Colorado Springs Health Dept. The measured results were below the EPA 4 pCi/L. This was just a quick measurement to see if I had any significant issues. If I was in a position at EPA I woudl issue free long term devices with instructions and have the data available by web.

]]>
By: Jani http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/01/qotw-radon-month/#comment-16877 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 12:52:49 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1287#comment-16877 The only way to know if your home has radon is to test; testing is inexpensive and simple. I applaud those who have done this already and encourage others to do the same. There is no such thing as a “radon free” region; high levels of radon have been found in homes in all states and countries.

]]>
By: sharon http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/01/qotw-radon-month/#comment-16876 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 17:48:44 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1287#comment-16876 We do not live in a radon region.

]]>
By: Pamela Turrner http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/01/qotw-radon-month/#comment-16875 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 04:36:13 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1287#comment-16875 I got a radon test kit from the Cooperative Extension Service. The cost was under $7 and they offered an educational presentation on radon. It was very helpful.

]]>
By: Bruce http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/01/qotw-radon-month/#comment-16874 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 21:09:45 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=1287#comment-16874 We obtained a free radon test kit from the state and found the concentration to be more three times EPA’s recommended maximum of 4 pCi/L. We bought a second test kit and got the same results.

We then contracted with a certified radon mitigation contractor and installed a sub-slab depressurization system. With two penetrations through the basement floor, abandonment and capping of a basement french drain, and sealing all the cracks and air leaks through the concrete floor, we are now comfortably below 4 pCi/L.

]]>