Learn About Radon

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What is radon?

Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas formed by the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Radon is all around us. The radon outdoors is diluted by fresh air, but radon can penetrate any type of building, become trapped and can increase to high levels.

Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe the air around you. As these particles break down further, they release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of a lifetime. The only way to know the radon concentration in your home is to conduct a test!


  • - Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
  • - Radon is an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas, with no immediate health symptoms.
  • - 1 in every 15 homes Nationwide have a high radon level at or above the recommended radon action level of 4 pCi/L.
  • - More than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer every year.
  • - Testing for radon is simple and inexpensive. If high levels of radon are found, you can fix your home.
  • - Test your home for radon every two years, and retest any time you move, make structural changes to your home, or occupy a previously unused level of a house.
  • - Surgeon General Advisory: "Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques."

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What is radon gas? Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced in the ground through the normal decay of uranium and radium. Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths due to radon exposure, all major health organizations including the CDC Center for Disease Control, the ALA American lung association and the AMA American Medical Association agree with estimates that radon caused thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year. High radon levels have been found in every state and millions of homes have elevated radon levels Radon can be a problem in all types of homes whether it be in old homes, new homes, drafty homes even homes without basements. This is the actual surgeon general health advisory. Indoor radon gas is a national problem. Radon causes thousands of deaths each year. Homes should be tested for radon. When elevated levels of radon are confirmed, the problem should be corrected.

How does Radon get into your home? Radon moves through the small spaces in the soil and rock on which the house is built and it can seep into the home through floor drains, sump pumps, cracks in the foundation, and the basement floor, also up through the hollow core block foundation walls. How do I have my house evaluated? Testing is the only way. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon in your home. Experts can easily evaluate radon levels in your home and advise you on how to correct the problem if indeed the levels in your house are deemed dangerous.

Your first step is an easy one, have your home tested as soon as possible it could quite easily be the call that saves the lives of you and your family.