Indoor Air Quality
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Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas found in buildings. You can't see, smell, or taste it but it may be a problem in your home. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year in people who were just breathing in the comfort of their own homes. Homes are the primary concern because this is where people spend most of their time. In fact, the surgeon general has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Summit County is recognized as having high levels of naturally occurring radon.
Average outdoor radon level in U.S.
Average indoor radon level in U.S.
EPA recommends mitigation in homes with this level of radon or higher
Average radon level in Summit County homes
Asbestos is a known carcinogen. As the fibers become airborne they can be breathed into the lungs where they cause cancer. It is important to consider this prior to initiating any construction activities in your home where asbestos fibers may be disturbed. For the protection of occupants, federal and state regulations require testing and mitigation prior to initiating construction activities where the asbestos fibers may be disturbed. If you are doing building renovation or demolition be sure to read these state & federal guidelines.
Mold naturally exists both indoors and outdoors. In general, mold is beneficial to the environment and does not cause problems for humans. When there is excessive moisture in a home or business (leaking room or plumbing) mold can grow to levels that can produce fungal allergy and respiratory infections or worsen certain illnesses, such as asthma, for the occupants.
Mold can be eliminated by first removing the source of moisture and then disinfecting the surface to kill the mold. Check out these cleanup guidelines for mold from the EPA.
The Environmental Health Department receives many calls per year regarding mold in rental properties. Unfortunately the department has no jurisdiction in residential homes or apartments. You may want to seek legal advice for renters in these cases.