What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that can not be smelled or tasted that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil.
Radon is the SECOND leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Only cigarette smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke AND your home has high radon levels, your risk for lung cancer is especially high.
It is estimated that radon causes 21,000 deaths per year, or over 50 people each day!
The EPA recommends a homeowner mitigate at a level of 4.0 pCiL or higher, however you should check out the EPA’s risk chart to make your own personal assessments and decisions. The lower the radon level in your home the safer you and your family are.
SURGEON GENERAL WARNING: Radon Gas Causes Lung Cancer
How Does Radon Enter My Home?
Radon, because it is a gas, is able to move through spaces in the soil or fill material around a home’s foundation. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Examples of such openings include dirt floor crawlspaces, unsealed sumps, cracks in slab-on-grade floors, utility penetrations, and the tiny pore spaces in concrete block walls. A basement, of course, provides a large surface area that contacts soil material. Radon can also enter your home through well water.