Radon is a radioactive gas present in the environment as well as in high levels in many homes across the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon exposure is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States. Radon testing can ensure the safety of your family.
How Radon Enters
Radon is created by the breakdown of naturally radioactive elements in soil, rocks, groundwater and minerals. When this occurs outside, the gas is quickly dispersed. Indoors, it cannot escape and may build to dangerous levels.
High radon levels in the home occur when the soil around the home is producing the gas. It travels indoors through the floor drains, sump pumps and crevices in the foundation.
Dangers of Radon
The EPA lists radon exposure as the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. The gas is especially dangerous because it’s colorless and odorless, so it’s critical to have your home tested for high radon levels.