You may already know that radon in the home is dangerous, but what else do you need to know about radon to keep you and your loved ones safe? Read on to learn about radon and what you can do to protect against toxic levels of exposure.
1. What is radon and how does it get into your home?
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas emitted when naturally-occurring radioactive materials break down underground. Once released, radon makes its way up through the ground or groundwater and releases into the atmosphere.
If your home has cracks in the foundation or poor seals at ground level, you have an increased risk for radon. Dangerous levels of radon gas are more likely in poorly-ventilated areas of your home. The gas will seep in, build up, and become a threat to your health.
2. What are the risks and symptoms of radon exposure?
Radon has been classified as a carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Radon particles can cause lung cancer when they’re breathed in, with the risk increasing over long-term exposure to high levels of radon.
Radon gas is undetectable by human senses and there are no symptoms of radon poisoning until the damage has been done.
3. What can you do about radon in the home?
You can’t detect radon without a radon test. While you can buy radon testing kits and do this yourself, it is always best to hire a trained professional for accurate results.
If your test reveals elevated radon levels, install a radon mitigation system to solve the problem. A professional will help you determine what type of system is best for your property. Maintain the system and order a radon test each year to make certain the levels of radon in the home remain below 4 pCi/L.
Facts About Radon Gas
Radon gas is a threat to you and your family. This undetectable radioactive gas seeps into your house from cracks or openings in your foundation and builds up in your home. Hire a professional to test your home for the most accurate results.
If your test shows elevated levels of radon, improve the ventilation of your home and seal any foundation cracks. Have a radon mitigation system professionally designed and installed and test for radon at least once each year.