What is Radon ?

What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that seeps up from the earth. When inhaled, these radioactive particles can damage the cells that line the lung.

Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer.

In fact, over 20,000 lung deaths each year are from radon, making it a serious health concern for all Americans.

Radon Map

The Map of Radon Zones were developed to identify areas of the U.S. with the potential for elevated indoor radon levels. The Map was developed using data on indoor radon measurements, geology, aerial radioactivity, soil parameters, and foundation types.

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Radon Testing & Measurement
Radon Testing & Measurement

Important facts about Radon

The soil. Radon is produced from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. Uranium breaks down to radium. As radium disintegrates it turns into a radioactive gas…radon. As a gas, radon moves up through the soil and into the air you breathe.

While radon is present everywhere, and there is no known, safe level, your greatest exposure is where it can concentrate – indoors. And where you spend most of your time – at home.  Your home can be old or new, well-sealed or drafty, and with or without a basement.

Since radon is produced from soil, it is present nearly everywhere. Because soil is porous, radon gas is able to move up through the dirt and rocks and into the air, we breathe. If allowed to accumulate, radon becomes a health concern. Two components that affect how much radon will accumulate in a home are pathways and air pressure. These components will differ from home to home.

Advanced Radon Testing

EPA recommends that all American homeowners test their homes for radon. An Advanced Radon Test is the only way to find out how much radon is in your home and if you and your family are at risk. The results of a properly performed radon test will help you determine if you need to take further action to protect yourself from the health risks of radon.

How often should I test for radon?

EPA recommends every American home, even those built radon-resistant, be tested for radon. You should retest your home every 2 – 5 years and save your results. Be sure to test before and after you make any major structural renovations such as building an addition or finishing a basement. Radon resistant techniques can be inexpensively included as part of the renovation if needed. You should also perform a radon test after buying a new heating system or adding central air conditioning. Radon measurement by professionals is often used when an unbiased, third party is needed, such as in real estate transactions.

This device is used to measure the radon levels in your home

The Corentium Pro is an approved radon monitor for a 48-hour certified test. The Pro has 4 passive diffusion chambers that give an hourly measurement of the alpha particles emitted from radon decay products. These hourly measurements, over the course of two days, give an average of your radon levels.

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How does Radon affect you?

Radon starts ends and kills because of the decay process. Like other metals, uranium and radium are naturally present in the soil. Over time, these radioactive metals decay into radon. The gaseous state of radon allows it to migrate through the soil and accumulate in the house. Radon will also decay generating radioactive particles called alpha particles. When you breathe in radon it can decay inside your lungs. It then generates these radioactive alpha particles that damage the DNA in your lungs. Radon is a carcinogen that is completely odorless and invisible. It can only be detected with a specialized instrument. The same one we use in our Advanced Radon Testing.

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