Illinois homeowner"s guide to reduction of indoor radon final report by Patricia Szczepanik Van Leeuwen

Cover of: Illinois homeowner

Published by Illinois Dept. of Energy and Natural Resources in Springfield, IL .

Written in English

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  • Illinois.

Subjects:

  • Radon -- Environmental aspects -- Illinois.,
  • Radon mitigation.

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Statementprepared by University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Department ; principal investigators, Patricia Szczepanik Van Leeuwen, William H. Hallenbeck ; prepared for Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources, Office of Research and Planning.
ContributionsHallenbeck, William H., University of Illinois at Chicago. Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Dept., Illinois. Dept. of Energy and Natural resources. Office of Research and Planning.
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LC ClassificationsTD885.5.R33 V36 1989
The Physical Object
Paginationxi, 268 p. :
Number of Pages268
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1988608M
LC Control Number90621095

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Illinois homeowner's guide to reduction of indoor radon. Springfield, IL: Illinois Dept. of Energy and Natural Resources, [] (OCoLC) Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication: Document Type: Book: All Authors / Contributors. Either format of this document is the pamphlet approved by IEMA in accordance with the requirements of the Radon Awareness Act.

IEMA Guide to Radon Mitigation - This fact sheet summarizes radon reduction techniques followed by licensed radon mitigation professionals and offers the homeowner a guide to a quality radon mitigation system.

Radon Reduction Techniques Work. Radon reduction systems work. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99 percent. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs.

Your costs may vary depending on the size and design of your home and which radon reduction methods are needed. A Step-By-Step Manual For Radon Reduction, Second Edition A book that answers homeowners’ typical questions and walks them through the process of reducing the nation’s number one indoor health hazard, RADON.

Available for immediate delivery through our secure online store. Table Of Contents. Disclaimer and Purpose. This map is NOT intended to be used to determine if a home in a given county or zip code should be tested for radon. Homes with elevated levels of radon have been found throughout the state of Illinois.

ALL Homes Should Be Tested regardless of geographic location. The data presented is taken from annual reports submitted by licensed measurement and mitigation.

It also answers questions about testing and fixing for anyone buying or selling a home. (Revised March ) You may need a PDF reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA’s About PDF page to learn more.

Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon. Radon Contacts. For radon information by telephone call () (Information Line) or to speak to an IEMA Radon Program staff member call () What you need to know about radon and your new home.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) State Indoor Radon Grants (SIRG) program is well into its second decade. Since its inception inthe SIRG program has maintained a consistent emphasis on supporting State efforts to reduce the health risks associated with Radon exposure.

This guide tells you the steps for home radon testing, things to remember when testing and where to place, and not to place, detectors. If Illinois homeowners guide to reduction of indoor radon book would rather that a trained professional perform your test, the radon program has the names of qualified, licensed Measurement Professionals in, or near, your area.

By the definition in the Adopted Rule, 32 Illinois Administrative CodeLicensing of Radon Detection and Mitigation Services, "mitigation" means "the act of repairing or altering a building or building design for the purpose in whole or in part of reducing the concentration of radon in the indoor atmosphere.

Installation of a sub-slab suction systems can reduce indoor radon levels by 80 to 99 percent. In many cases, reductions of 95 to 99+ percent have been achieved when good permeability exists beneath the slab. Limitations Sub-slab suction has been one of the most widely used and successful radon reduction.

Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by Illinois homeowners guide to reduction of indoor radon book decay of naturally occurring uranium in.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer for the general population. Learn more about testing your home for radon, and how to select a contractor if you have high levels of radon present.

Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon U.S. EPA K, November 20 EPA RECOMMENDS: Q If you are buying or selling a home, have it tested for radon.

Q For a new home, ask if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has been tested. Q Fix the home if the radon level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher. Q Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a.

If you are buying or selling a home, have it tested for radon. For a new home, ask if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the home has been tested.

Fix the home if the radon level is 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher. Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk and, in many cases, may be reduced.

There is no safe level of radon. The national average indoor radon level is pCi/L. In Illinois, the average radon level in homes is pCi/L.

Testing for radon is the only way to know the amount of radon in your home. Around 40 percent of the homes in Illinois that have been tested by licensed radon measurement professionals were found to. One option is a liquid-filled manometer ($10 to $30 online) mounted on the PVC pipe. When the liquid level drops, the system isn’t working.

Electronic monitors that measure radon in the air are another option. The Safety Siren Radon Detector, for example, sounds an alarm when radon levels become dangerous ($ online). Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction: How to Fix Your Home pdf icon [ KB] external icon More Ways to Take Action The U.S.

Department of Housing and Urban Development pdf icon [1 MB] external icon recommends additional actions you can take to reduce high radon levels in your home and protect yourself from an increased risk of lung cancer.

How to Reduce Radon. Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive gas that naturally occurs in the soil due to the breakdown of uranium. It is a leading cause of lung cancer, so it's important to contact your state radon office to obtain a Views: 41K.

In Germany, two indoor radon concentration surveys were conducted on a total of homes between and and and In Hungary, an indoor radon survey conducted on homes nationwide from to showed a mean radon concentration of Bq/m 3, with % of the homes surpassing the recommended radon level of Bq/m 3.

Safety officials did extensive testing and found that his home contained the same levels of radon gas as you would find in a uranium mine. This event was highly publicized and was the catalyst for the involvement of the EPA. Bythe EPA established indoor radon risk exposure levels and continues to work to raise awareness today.

The goal of a radon mitigation system is to reduce the indoor radon levels to below the Action Level of pCi/l. A quality radon reduction (mitigation) system is often able to reduce the radon levels to below pCi/l. The two most common methods of radon reduction are the passive method and the active method.

Passive Method. Awareness of indoor air quality issues continues to increase throughout Illinois and the country. Studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) that compare risks of environmental threats to public health consistently rank indoor air pollution (including secondhand smoke, radon, organic compounds, and biological pollutants) among the top five risks.

The WHO handbook on indoor radon is a key product of the WHO International Radon Project, which as launched in The handbook book focuses on residential radon exposure from a public health point of view and provides detailed recommendations on reducing health risks from radon and sound policy options for preventing and mitigating radon.

Radon in Illinois What Is the Risk from Radon in Illinois. As many as 1, Illinois citizens are at risk of developing radon-related lung cancer each year according to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and EPA. The average Illinois indoor air radon concentration is pCi/L, above the EPA action level (Source: IEMA).

Indoor Radon Program. The primary goal of the Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control’s (DWMRC) Indoor Radon Program is to reduce the level of indoor radon in the state of Utah to concentrations less than the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level of 4 pCi/L (pico-Curies per liter).The Radon program is partially funded by the State Indoor Radon Grant from the EPA.

Remove products that release formaldehyde in the indoor air from the home. Radon According to the EPA, radon is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally in soil and rock and is a decay product of uranium.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) notes that the typical uranium content of rock and the surrounding soil is between 1 and 3 ppm.

We provide free radon testing for DeKalb County homeowners. For more information, click here or contact us at If testing shows that your home has a radon concentration, you can install a radon reduction system. These systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%.

A certified radon professional will likely perform one or more diagnostic tests to help determine the best radon-reduction system for your home. For example, your contractor may use chemical smoke to see the air flow sources and radon entry points by watching a small amount of smoke that has been placed into holes, drains, sumps or along cracks.

How do I test for radon. If you would like to perform the test yourself, read the Guidelines for Radon Measurements in the Home (PDF) before placing the detector in your house. This guide outlines the steps for home radon testing, things to remember when testing and where to place the detector.

The Indoor Air Quality Program's Radon Unit works closely with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We advise and assist homeowners, radon mitigators, and owners of public buildings in dealing with high levels of radon in indoor air that contribute unnecessarily to the background radiation received by members of the public.

( ILCS 52/10) Sec. Primary responsibility with Illinois Emergency Management Agency. (a) The Illinois Emergency Management Agency shall have primary responsibility for coordination, oversight, and implementation of all State functions in matters concerning the presence, effects, measurement, and mitigation of risks of radon and radon progeny in dwellings and other buildings.

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We’ll not only test your home to determine its radon levels but we’ll also eliminate these poisonous gases from your household, all for a lot less money than you might expect. The amount of radon in your home is measured in pico Curies per liter of air (pCi/L).

The EPA recommends that there be no more than 4 pCi/L of radon in your home. This is referred to as the "action level." The action level is the point where the risk of radon exposure justifies the cost of repairs. Radon concentrations in ground water from homeowners’ wells in the Blue Ridge area of the New River watershed, in parts of North Carolina and Virginia, were among the highest measured in the nation in a new report from the U.S.

Geological Survey. Radon is a radioactive gas, and radon in air is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information. A neighbor’s test result is a poor predictor of your radon risk because each home can have different indoor radon levels.

Furthermore, previous test results may not reflect current or future radon levels if the home has been remodeled, weatherized or had changes to its heating, air conditioning or other ventilation systems (such as exhaust fans).

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The average indoor radon level is estimated to be about pCi/L, and about pCi/L of radon is normally found in the outside air. The U.S. Congress has set a long-term goal that indoor radon levels be no more than outdoor levels.

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