Radon Testing and Mitigation

Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department wants you to keep your family safe from radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is a radioactive gas in the soil that can leak into homes. It cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled. So the lower the radon level, the better. Testing for radon is the first step for home owners to find out if the radon levels in their homes are safe.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests taking action when the radon levels in your home get higher than 4.0 pCi/L. In Nebraska, almost 6 out of every 10 homes have levels higher than 4.0 pCi/L and most homes in Nebraska have radon levels at 6.0 pCi/L or above. Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department serves Burt, Cuming, Madison, and Stanton Counties where the average radon level in the past has been at 7.5 pCi/L or higher.

About five years ago, Roger Foster of Madison remembers picking up a radon test kit for his home after a neighbor’s basement had tested high for radon. Sure enough, Roger’s radon levels were also high. Roger decided to be safe and have a professional put in a unit to lower his radon level. These radon mitigation units are set up in the lowest level of the home, and pump radon safely outside. When asked about the process of installing the system, Roger said that it was clear-cut and “one afternoon was all it took.”

Years after installing the system, Roger re-tested his home for radon. This time, the results came back clean, almost as low as normal outside levels. His unit is working, and he can breathe easy.

To learn more about radon or how to get a radon test kit, call Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department at 402.529.2233 or visit our website at www.elvphd.org.


About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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