What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If your home has high radon levels, you’re at increased risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.
How does Radon get into your home?
Radon is a radioactive gas found in homes all over the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation.
Should you test for Radon?
Testing is the only way to know your home’s radon levels. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon. It typically takes years of exposure before any problems surface. The US EPA, Surgeon General, American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and National Safety Council recommend testing your home for radon because testing is the only way to know your home’s radon levels.
Can the problem be fixed?
If your home has high radon concentrations, there are ways to reduce it to acceptable levels. Most radon problems can be fixed by installing a radon migration system that vents the gas safely from your home to the atmosphere. If you require the assistance of a radon professional, you may wish to look at the list of certified radon mitigators for your state.
How is the house tested for Radon?
Testing is done with a continuous monitoring device (CMD); it just takes two days to get the results. The monitor is placed in the lowest living level of the house for a minimum of 48 hours, and the data is downloaded when done. The results are emailed to you immediately, so you know the house's level. I use Radstar RS300 constant monitoring machines to ensure fast and accurate results.