What is Radon?
Radon is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas, that comes from the breakdown of uranium inside the earth. Radon can present itself in our homes from the air we breathe or our water when it is agitated and the gas becomes airborne. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths yearly. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked.
Do I have Radon?
Millions of homes have elevated radon levels that we cannot see, taste or smell. Simple tests kits can reveal what the level is in your home. Stop by our Greene location or any state certified lab and purchase your test kits. If you have a radon air level of 4 pCi/L, or radon water level of 4,000 or greater, take steps to remedy the problem as soon as possible. High levels of Radon can be fixed with simple and affordable systems that can be installed in mere hours. You should retest your home every two years, and retest any time you move, make structural changes to your home or plan to finish your basement into a living space.
Written by: Naomi Crawford
Do you own your own a single-family home with a private well? Has it tested positive for arsenic? You may qualify for a grant through the Maine State Housing Authority to help with the cost of a treatment system.
Find income eligibility along with program details by emailing Megan McDonough at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.mainehousing.org.
Click on the "Homeowner" tab and then select "Homeowner Programs" to find out if you qualify for this program, or Click Here.
Arsenic has been a hot topic for the past few years. Most people are aware of the element found in water, although, there are still many that are left uneducated. So what does one do when they see that their Arsenic levels are above the EPA levels? The Homeowner typically becomes scared and refuses to consume or even bath in their water. They fear that they are going to turn green (no really, I have heard this many times). What do they do next? They start to research on Google. Unfortunately, Google search is not the best approach when finding out treatment methods as it can lead you to making impulsive decisions, over spending, or even more so, fall for scare tactics.
First thing you can do is take a deep breath and start drinking and cooking with bottled water. The next step is to educate yourself on what Arsenic is and how it can affect you and your family. Lastly, forgive yourself for not being aware that a colorless, odorless, and tasteless element was found in your water.
The next steps are to get in touch with a Company that specializes in water treatment. While doing this keep in mind that much like Car Dealerships some Water Treatment Companies have Sales People. Some salespeople are reputable while others over sell. During this crucial part of the process keep the following in mind: