(1888PressRelease) Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in thousands of Maryland homes. The affected areas include Fallston, Belcamp, Columbia, Cumberland, Elkton, Ellicott City, Hagerstown, Clarksburg, Potomac, Owings Mills, Port Deposit, Rockville, Gambrills, Baltimore, Frederic, and surrounding Maryland communities. All homes should be tested for radon gas. For more information, call (410) 381-1557.
Baltimore, MD – Recent studies have confirmed that Maryland’s radon levels are much higher than the National average. Air Quality Control Agency is recommending that all homes be tested for this deadly carcinogen. For more information about reducing your home’s radon levels, call (410) 381-1557.
Some of the Maryland towns affected by radon are Baltimore, Columbia, Parkville, Silver Spring, Pasadena, Gaithersburg, Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Potomac, Clarksville, Jarrettsville, Crofton, and Lanham MD. When radon levels are found to be 4.0 or higher, a radon removal system can be installed to fix the problem. This is known as “radon mitigation” or “remediation.”
According to the Surgeon General of the United States, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking. Maryland has radon levels that are much higher than the national average which is why testing for this dangerous gas is all the more important if you live in Maryland. Some of the known radon “hot spots” are located in Anne Arundel, Baltimore County, Prince George’s, Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Carroll, Harford, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, Worcester, St. Mary’s, Charles, Montgomery, and Howard Counties. Keep in mind, that radon problems are not exclusive to these areas. All homes should be tested regardless of location or type of construction.
“You cannot see, smell, or taste radon gas so the only way to know if a home has a radon problem is to conduct a test” according to Jamey Gelina, a certified radon specialist with Air Quality Control. Radon test kits are available from local hardware stores, health departments, or directly from Air Quality Control by calling (410) 381-1557.
Radon testing is easy and inexpensive and should be a routine part of home maintenance especially in areas with known radon problems. These areas include Fallston, Belcamp, Cumberland, Elkton, Ellicott City, Hagerstown, Clarksburg, Westminster, Potomac, Owings Mills, Port Deposit, Rockville, Gambrills, Frederic, and surrounding Maryland communities.
When a radon measurement in a home, office, school, or commercial building is 4.0 or higher, action should be taken to reduce the levels. Radon gas abatement (radon removal) is achieved via the installation of a ventilation system by a qualified radon reduction company. These companies are also known as radon mitigation contractors or “mitigators.” A radon remediation system can be installed in most homes for under $1,200. This is a small price to pay to reduce the risk of lung cancer. More information about reducing your family’s exposure to radon gas is available by by calling (410) 381-1557.