What is radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas.
You cannot see Radon, you cannot smell it or taste it, however, it is possible that it is in your home.
When you breathe air containing Radon Gas, this unstable radioactive gas breaks down sending trillions of charged particles on a collision path to the cells in your lungs. The electrical charge an impact to the cells can result in lung cancer. 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.
Radon typically moves up through the ground and into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation. Your home traps Radon inside where it can build up and reach dangerous levels. Any home can have a radon problem. This means new or old homes with any type of foundation, with or without a basement including slab and crawl space homes.
Is there radon in my home?
Although some mountainous and central regions in the United States are well known to be problem areas, this does not prevent homes outside those regions from accumulating radon gas. The EPA and a CDC both recommend that you test for Radon gas regardless of your region in the United States. Even coastal homes can have elevated levels of radon gas in their indoor air, and could potentially be a health concern.
Testing it's the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the surgeon general recommend testing all homes below the third floor. You can test your home yourself, or hire as certified professional to test your home for elevated levels of radon gas. There are benefits to both approaches, however certified professionals are trained to achieve certain level of accuracy and precision, which is otherwise difficult to meet.
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Are there any health concerns?
Radon Gas is a Class A Carcinogen. This means that radon gas is a pollutant that has been studied sufficiently to determine that it has the potential to cause cancer in people. Radon Gas can be found almost everywhere outdoors in low concentrations as it is able to dissipate quickly into the open-air. Radon is a heavy gas and is known to accumulate in poorly ventilated or enclosed spaces. Exposed only becomes dangerous when Radon Gas accumulates and becomes concentrated inside your home.
Although some scientists dispute the number of deaths that occur each year due to exposure to elevated levels of Radon Gas, all major health organizations (CDC, AMA,....) AGREE WITH ESTIMATES THAT RADON GAS CAUSES THOUSANDS OF PREVENTABLE LUNG CANCER RELATED DEATHS EACH YEAR.