Dangers of Radon

Exposure to radon causes lung cancer in non-smokers and smokers alike. Dr. Bill Field at the University of Iowa has implemented tools to help educate physicians on the dangers of radon and the link between radioactive gas and lung cancer.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It forms naturally from the decay of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found in different amounts in soil and rock throughout the world (American Cancer Society).

During a radon mitigation, a small monitor is set up in the lowest part of the living space. For two days, windows should remain closed and the house’s fan should be set to ‘auto.’ During this time, the monitor will record the radon level in the home by the hour. The monitor is placed in the lowest level of the home, such as the basement or crawl space, because the radioactive gas from radon settles into the soil or rock from which it originated.

Radon gas is dangerous because while floating in the air, the gas breaks down into tiny radioactive elements that can easily lodge into the lining of the lungs, where they give off radiation. While cigarette smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer, radon is the second. There are around 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year related to radon.

The level of radon in homes and buildings depends on the characteristics of the rock and soil in the area. While one house may have a higher radon level, the neighbor next door may have a low one. Radon levels across the United States vary. Elevated radon levels have been found in every state.

To prevent yourself and your family from being exposed to high levels of radon, you can contact 360 Home Services for a radon inspection. The radon test takes 48 hours to complete. If your radon levels come back high, we can estimate the cost for a radon mitigation. A radon mitigation is a simple process where our contractors will run a pipe into your sump pump and out through the ceiling or garage where the radon that settles will be released into the air, leaving your home with little to no radon gas.

Have you had a radon inspection done? If not, contact us at 614.777.4700.

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