Is a 4.6 Radon Level Bad?

An exposure level of 4.6 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) exceeds the 4 pCi/L recommended action level set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency in the US, and poses an increased risk of lung cancer upon prolonged exposure. While no level is entirely safe from radon exposure, levels above 4 pCi/L should be seen as potentially increasing this risk.

Exposure to high levels of radon for extended periods can increase the risk of lung cancer; this risk varies based on factors like concentration of radon in your home, duration of exposure time and individual characteristics like smoking history.

If radon levels exceed 4.6 pCi/L in your home, mitigation efforts should be undertaken immediately to reduce them. Usually this involves installing a sub-slab depressurization system which uses fans to draw radon out through foundation cracks and vent it outside for expulsion.

Reducing radon levels in your home is essential for protecting both you and your family’s health, so testing for it regularly should be part of a maintenance regimen, particularly if you live in an area known for high radon concentrations.

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