We get exposed to radon through unsuspecting sources:
In the air – Radon gives off minute radioactive fragments in the air. When inhaled, these particles can then injure the lungs, which may possibly result in lung cancer. Radon removal is vital to your health!
In the soil – Radon gets into the house through cracks in the basement. The pressure difference between the soil around and underneath the foundation creates suction, bringing with it the radon in the soil.
In the water – There might be a problem if your home’s water supply (if from a well) comes from underground. Radon can get off the water during water-related activities such as showering and washing clothes and dishes. They will slightly increase the amount of radon gas already present in your home.
The EPA and the Surgeon General’s Office estimate that as many as 21,000 lung cancer related deaths are caused each year by radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
According to the EPA, in Colorado between one-third and one-half of the homes have radon levels in excess of the EPA recommended action level of 4.0 pCi/L of radon per liter of air.
You cannot smell, see or taste radon, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lunch cancer. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at a higher risk of developing lung cancer. Some studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be even more sensitive to radon than adults. This may be due to their higher respiration rate.
Testing is the only way to know the radon levels in your home. There are no immediate symptoms that will tell you about the presence of radon. It normally takes years of radon exposure before any problems arise.
Advanced Radon Systems can test your home’s radon levels and install radon mitigation systems in the event that radon levels in your home are unsafe. Give us a call today for a free estimate.