Radon poisoning is mainly found in buildings. Radon is naturally occurring, odorless, and colorless gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Because radon is a gas, it can enter buildings through openings or cracks in the foundation. The radon gas itself decays into radioactive solids, called radon daughters. The radon daughters attach to dust particles in the air, and can be inhaled. The inhalation of radon daughters has been linked to lung cancer.
Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. Not everyone exposed to elevated levels of radon will develop lung cancer and the amount of time between exposure and the onset of the disease may be many years.
Like other environmental pollutants, there is some uncertainty about the magnitude of radon health risks. However, we know more about radon risks than risks from most other cancer-causing substances. Underground miners have been the subjects of many studies to help determine the risks of cancer due to exposure to radon. Smoking combined with radon is an especially serious health risk. Stop smoking and lower your radon level to reduce your lung cancer risk.
Children have been reported to have greater risk than adults of certain types of cancer from radiation, but there are currently no conclusive data on whether children are at greater risk than adults from radon.
Radon gas can be lurking in:
- Cinder-block, brick or rock wall
- Exposed soil in the basement or foundation
- Cracks in the basement wall or foundation
- An open sump pump hole or floor drain
- Spaces between walls and floors
- Exposed pipes or loose pipe fittings
Our Radon Test Kit will let you know if your home is affected by radon.
You can fix a radon problem. Radon reduction systems work and they are not too costly. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
Radon Test Kit Features:
● Includes all test materials
● No additional fees required
● Safe and easy to use
● Set kit out for 24 hours and mail in for results
● EPA listed, listed under EPA Radon Gas Measurement Proficiency Program