Radon 1, a company providing radon mitigation in Nashville, TN, is warning Nashville residents of the health risks posed by exposure to radon gas. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive soil gas that is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and invisible. It derives from the breakdown of uranium and radium, elements often found underground in the limestone throughout Tennessee.
Radon seeps up through the ground and can enter homes and businesses through cracks in basement floors, walls, joints, and crawl spaces. With modern advancements in insulation, energy-efficient windows, and building materials, radon has fewer pathways to exit a home, so the gas accumulates.
As a Class A carcinogen, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to smoking cigarettes. Exposure to this deadly gas causes an estimated 21,000 deaths each year.
Radon levels are measured by units of radioactivity per volume of air, called picocuries per liter (pCi/L). The EPA recommends treating homes with any level over 4.0 pCi/L and considering radon mitigation for homes with levels between 2.0-4.0 pCi/L. While the EPA has set 4.0 pCi/L as the recommended action level, the World Health Organization recommends mitigating homes with average readings of 2.7 pCi/L and higher.
In Tennessee, thirty-one counties, many in Middle and East Tennessee, are listed as ZONE 1. Homes and businesses in these counties are very likely to have radon levels higher than 4 pCi/L. Living in a house with radon levels higher than 4 pCi/L is equivalent to receiving two hundred chest x-rays each year in terms of radiation exposure. A radon level of 20 pCi/L is equivalent to the cancer risk of smoking two packs of cigarettes per day. Home or business owners living in a ZONE 1 county in Tennessee are urged to have radon testing performed in their home or business so that radon mitigation and removal can be quickly carried out.
As the premier radon mitigation company in Tennessee, Radon 1 understands that radon removal is essential to keeping families, employees, and customers safe from devastating health issues. The company services all of Tennessee for residential work and provides consulting and installation on commercial projects nationwide. Radon 1 is NRPP Certified and has experience with Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC) in Multi-Family Developments, including HUD/Government secured projects. The company guarantees that radon levels will be lowered to 2.6 pCi/L for all new mitigations.
Radon 1 is a leading provider of radon testing and mitigation services in Tennessee. With over twenty years of radon removal experience, the team serves residential and commercial clients in the Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga areas. While the business provides a wide range of air quality control services, the team specializes in radon mitigation, VOC mitigation, and crawlspace encapsulations.