What is Radon?
Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.
The release of this radioactive gas enters the air you breathe, causing
a potential health risk to you and your family.
Radon gas can be found
in just about anywhere. It can get into any type of building -- homes,
offices, and schools -- and build up to high levels.
What you should know about Radon?
Radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas.
You cannot see radon and you cannot smell it or taste it, but it may be a
problem in your home. This is because when you breathe air-containing
radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the
Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of
You should test for radon.
Testing is the only way to find out about your home's radon level. The
EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing of all homes below the
third floor for radon.
You can fix a radon problem.
If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways to fix a
radon problem. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable
If you are buying a home.
The EPA recommends that you obtain the radon level in the home you
are considering buying. An EPA publication "The Home Buyer's and
Seller's Guide" is available through most State Health Departments
or Regional EPA offices listed in your local phone book. EPA also
recommends that you use a certified or state licensed radon tester
to perform the test. If elevated levels are found it is recommended
that these levels be reduced. In most cases, a professional can
accomplish this at reasonable cost or homeowner installed mitigation
system that adheres to the EPA's approved methods for reduction of
radon in a residential structure.
What are the Risk Factors?
The EPA, Surgeon General and The Center for Disease Control, have all agreed
that continued exposure to Radon gas can cause lung cancer.
there position on the matter is that all homes should be tested for radon
gas exposure, and all homes testing over 4 pCi/L should be fixed.
How Does Radon Enter the Home?
Typically the air pressure inside your home is lower than the pressure in the
soil around your home's foundation.
Due to this difference, your house
acts like a vacuum, drawing radon gas in through foundation cracks and other
openings of your home.
Radon may also be present in well water and can
be released into the air in your home when water is used for showering and
other household uses.
Potential Entry Points:
Cavities inside walls
Cracks in solid floors
Cracks in walls
The water supply
Gaps in suspended floors
Gaps around service pipes