Important Questions about Radon that you Should be Asking
- What is Radon?
- Why is Radon a Problem?
- How does Radon Enter a Home?
- How do I test my Home for Radon?
- What should I do if I have Radon in my Home?
Important Facts You Should Know About Radon
What is Radon Gas?
Radon is a colorless, odorless naturally occurring radioactive gas that can be found in soil, rock, and water. Radon gas is produced by the breakdown of thorium and uranium and is present in nearly all soils. Because radon contains radioactive isotopes, it is considered a health hazard due to its radioactivity levels.
Why is Radon a Problem?
Radon becomes a problem when it enters into a home, school, or building and gets trapped. Exposure to elevated levels of radon can point to lung cancer. In the United States, radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, and first for non-smokers. The EPA estimates that lung cancer resulting from elevated radon exposure kills more people than drunk drivers every year.
How does Radon enter my Home?
Radon gas moves from the soil into a home through:
- Pores in concrete
- Gaps in walls and floors
- Exposed soil in a sump or crawl space
- Building materials such as brick, concrete, or rock
- Mortar joints
Any home, of any age or state, can contain elevated levels of radon gas. The difference in radon levels varies from home to home whether you are neighbors or live states apart. The only way to know if your home contains high levels of radon is to have it tested.
How do I test my Home for Radon?
To know for certain if your home contains elevated levels of radon gas you will need to have a radon test performed. Be sure to hire a licensed radon testing specialist to test your home for radon.
What should I do if I have Radon in my Home?
If your home tests above the World Health Organization’s recommended action level of a 2.7, ask the Radon specialist for a Radon mitigation system quote. The only way to effectively remove the radon from your home is by having a removal system installed by a licensed company.