Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is produced by the radioactive decay of radium. Breathing high concentrations over long periods of time can cause lung cancer. Radon is the second cause of lung cancer, with smoking being the first.
Radon is a cancer causing gas found in the soil on earth. It is released into the atmosphere as uranium-laden soil and rocks degrade. Uranium has been around since the planet was formed, so the production of radon is ongoing and unstoppable. Radon can come directly out of the earth or be released when well water is used. It accumulates in enclosed spaces like underground mines and in buildings. Radon exposure is inevitable but the key is to keep the exposure to a minimum.
Radon is radioactive and decays into other elements that are also radioactive. These elements stick in the lungs if inhaled. There is evidence that radon is more dangerous to smokers than to non-smokers.
Radon gas comes from the soil. Even houses with new foundations can have high radon levels. The gas can enter the foundation through cracks in the floor and walls, floor drains and sump openings, and holes made for pipes and utility lines. Radon gas that comes from the basement or crawl space will then migrate upstairs into the main living areas. Radon can also be present in well water. Radon gas can enter the house as people take showers and baths or running water for other uses. However this source of radon is not usually as significant as the soil.
Radon is everywhere, it is a gas and every home has some sort of level. Even if your home is brand new, radon can still seep through tiny cracks and can even penetrate concrete. Contact Radon Investigators to test your levels.
Incorrect! Even if your builder has told you your home is radon resistant new construction thats not necessarily true, unless a home inspector or radon inspector tested it prior. Radon resistant new construction is just the installation of radon system pipes without a radon mitigation fan. These means the home is "radon ready" but not resistant to radon coming into your home. You would need a fan installed making it a mitigation system.
Through testing. Radon Investigators can test your home or building for radon. Contact us by phone at 440-581-2662 to have your home tested now. Schedule an appointment online to test the levels of radon in your home. Your health matters to us.