Why You Should Not Ignore the Dangers of Radon

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Soil and rocks contain many elements including uranium, an element you surely know about. When uranium breaks up gas known as Radon is released. Radon is tasteless and colorless, but radioactive.  However, in open space it is practically harmless because it is easily diluted by many other elements.

The lifespan of radon gas is, luckily for people, short.  Only 3.8 days. But in the process of decay, it produces other elements called radon progeny that are also radioactive.   These elements are solid and cling to surfaces.  If the gas and dust with radon progeny are inhaled it can cause cancer. In fact, according to research, it is the second cause of lung cancer, with smoking being the first.  It is, however, the leading cause of lung among non-smokers.

If your home is surrounded by tracks of land, there is a great possibility that your home contains radon. You should have it tested for radon gas and radon progeny. Basements and other confined areas of your home should be thoroughly tested.

It is easy to conduct a radon test. You can actually do it yourself. You only need to buy radon test kit. There are several brands in the market. They come with how to use instructions as well as what level is safe and what is not, so you should not have any problems. If the test shows results signifying dangerous levels of radon inside your home, radon reduction systems are also available.  Of course, you may not have the time to perform the test yourself or you are not confident you will do it right. That is not a problem. There are companies that can do it for you including the reduction of radon testing levels.

Many homeowners conduct radon testing not only to safeguard the health of their families.  They also do it if they are selling their home. Aware of the dangers that the presence of radon poses to health, many potential buyers demand radon testing. Naturally, they do not want to buy a home that is not entirely safe.

Radon gas is a natural product of uranium break up in rocks and soil.  Outdoors the gas is harmless, but inside your home where high concentrations of it can develop because of the confined space, it poses serious dangers to your and family’s health. You should Take Action on Radon contamination.


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