Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.
You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home.
Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get 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. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Radon is estimated to cause 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year.
Radon can be found all over the U.S.
Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building – homes, offices, and schools – and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are move likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.
Consider the danger of radon gas. If there is one environmental problem that is real, it is radon…there is no hysteria over radon… because it’s natural…Rush Limbaugh
Radon is natural. Radon is not a by-product of industrial or consumer activities. Because there is no one to “blame,” it has been difficult to inflame the passions of the public. Even outdoor air has some amount of radon in it.”Kent Jeffreys
Why does Radon build up in our homes?
When building, we dig a hole in the ground, lay the foundation, then seal the dwelling to make it as air tight as possible. It’s like removing a cork (the top soil and vegetation where we build) and then we replaced that cork with our house.
The sealed home is like a big vacuum cleaner. Warm air rises up through the roof. The air that is released is replaced or suctioned into the house from the ground.
The result is that soil gases in the vicinity of your basement will enter your home through cracks and penetrations in the basement floor and walls.
What should you do?
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. The EPA also recommends testing in schools.
Testing is inexpensive and easy – it will only take a few minutes of your time. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon.
You can choose from long-term or short-term test kits. Digital monitors are a popular choice so you can easily check your radon levels any time. Check out our store at shopradon.com for a variety of radon testing products.
If your radon test comes back over 4 pCi/L…
and you live in the Twin Cities area or Western Wisconsin, CALL US! We can give you a free estimate over the phone.
If you don’t live in our service area, we can still help! Find step-by-step information on planning and installing a radon mitigation system. Plus we sell everything you need for your system! See our content website: Healthy Air Solutions.