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Can a colorless, odorless gas be affecting you right now?

One of the last things you may be thinking about as you sit in your home is radon.  It may be something you’ve heard about, but it can actually be affecting you now!

What is radon?  Radon is a cancer causing radio-active gas.  You can’t smell, taste, or see it.  Radon naturally forms within the earth and is literally everywhere.  People can be exposed to radon in several ways.  These include:

  • Cracks in solid floors and walls
  • Construction joints
  • Gaps in suspended floors
  • Gaps around service pipes
  • Cavities inside walls

What’s the big deal?  Over time, exposure to radon can and will affect your health.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Surgeon General’s office estimate that radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S.  Also, people who smoke have an even higher risk of lung cancer from radon exposure than people who don’t.

The best way to determine the existing level of radon in your home is to schedule a radon test.  If your radon level is confirmed to be 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher it’s recommended that you install a mitigation system.  According to the EPA, mitigation systems can reduce radon levels by up to 99%.

Breathe free, protect your loved ones, and check for radon in your home!

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Do you have mold issues?

Mold is everywhere, but what do we know about it?  Mold loves moisture.  In your home, it could be found around leaky or flooded areas.  It can grow on a variety of surfaces such as wood, ceiling tile, and paper.  You may or may not detect noticeable signs of mold in your home.  However, these signs may include:

  • Strange odors: Mold has a pungent smell. It can live within walls or behind wallpaper.
  • Discoloration: Mold may appear black, white, gray, green, red or blue.
  • Change in health: According to the CDC, exposure to mold can cause respiratory problems in otherwise healthy people.

That’s a pretty extensive list!  Where should you start to determine if you have a mold issue in your home?  Consider getting an Air Quality Mold Screening (AQMS) it’s the most comprehensive test on the market. It tests the concentration of mold spores in your home’s air and identifies the type. It also can identify allergens. An AQMS can determine if you have a mold problem even if you can’t find the mold.
Whether you are buying a home or currently living in your dream house, mold is something that you should take seriously.