Radon gas is a dangerous threat to the health of your family. Let’s look at some basic information about testing and getting rid of radon in the home.
What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that is created when thorium, uranium, and radium break down in the soil. This tasteless, odorless, and invisible gas seeps up through the earth and is released into the air. Radon builds up inside buildings without adequate ventilation. It can occur in offices, schools, government buildings, and homes.
How Can You Become Exposed to Radon?
Radon is found in the home when the gas enters through gaps in walls or cracks in the foundation. Without adequate ventilation, it gets trapped and accumulates over time. Radon will enter a home built on a slab or one with a basement. It’s more likely to build up in houses that are well-insulated and tightly-sealed.
Health Hazards of Radon in the Home
It’s estimated that over 20,000 people die in America from radon-related lung cancer. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to smoking. Young children, the elderly, and smokers are more susceptible to developing health problems from the gas.
Should You Test for Radon Yourself?
It’s not a good idea to make radon testing a DIY project. While you can pick up a radon test at the local hardware store, the results aren’t as accurate as hiring a professional. The best choice is to call a trained professional to perform the test. This eliminates the chance for user error and guarantees accurate results.
Getting Rid of Radon in the Home
If high levels of the gas are discovered, a radon mitigation expert will design a system to remove the gas from your home. Your professional will also repair gaps and cracks to prevent radon from easily re-entering your house.