Local experts warn community about home radon levels
Story By Sierra Whaley
Local News Published 01/13/2021 5:42PM
Rhinelander - January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
Radon is a natural radioactive gas that comes from the decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. This can form underneath houses and enter the air system which becomes extremely toxic.
Oneida County Health Departments' community health specialist, Maria Otterholt, says the month of January is the perfect time to check radon levels in home. Unfortunately this isn't something you can smell, taste or see. The only way you'll know if it's in your home is through a test.
"January is a great time to test because typically in Wisconsin it's pretty cold. All of your windows are shut and your doors are shut," says Otterholt. "It's going to give you a really accurate reading of the radon level in your home."
If your levels are high, there are ways to fix it. According to the Oneida County Health department, there are over 100 professionals in Wisconsin that can assist you. Lifetime Radon Solutions is one of the many companies in the Northwoods that can help remove radon from your household.
Vice president, Brian Thompson, says he's seen this affect too many families in the Northwoods.
"80% of the population has no idea what radon is," says Thompson. "We've been in this industry for 23 years and we've seen what it's done to people."
Thompson along with his team perform radon mitigations. This process occurs when they analyze homes to detect radon and they create a system that takes the toxic air out of homes.
"What we do is sub-slab depressurization," says Thompson. "We're actually creating a negative pressure underneath the floor and we're drawing the radon out from underneath the house before it ever has the chance to get in."
If you're unsure about the radon levels in your home, you can go to the Oneida County Health Department where they are selling testing kits for $11. No appointment is needed.