The Risks of Living With Elevated Radon Levels
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground, and into your home through cracks and holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can accumulate to hazardous levels.
Every home may be at risk--new and old; well sealed and drafty; homes with or without basements. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. The EPA recommends mitigation if your home measures higher than 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter of air).
The health risks of radon occur as radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. Not everyone exposed to elevated levels of radon will develop lung cancer, and the amount of time between exposure and the onset of the disease may be many years.
You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it’s not hard to find out if you have a radon problem in your home. All you need to do is test for radon.
C&G uses state of the art Corentium Pro continuous radon monitors to conduct radon measurements in Kansas and Missouri. Whether you only want a radon test, or prefer to have it bundled as part of a home inspection, contact us to schedule today!