What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It is colorless and odorless, and can only be detected by a radon monitor. Exposure to radon over time increases your risk of lung cancer.
Ways Radon Gas Gets Into Your Home:
Radon is created by the natural decay of uranium. Uranium is found in almost all soil types, and as it breaks down the gases can move up through cracks in the foundation of a home or through the water if a home has a well. These gases become trapped in the home and build up over time. All types of homes are at risk of radon contamination.
How Much Radon Is Too Much Radon?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has established an acceptable level of below 4 pCi/l. This is considered the action level, the level at which you would tack action to reduce the level of radon in your home. A Picocurie is a one-trillionth of a Curie, an international measurement unit that measures radioactivity.
What is the Procedure for Radon Testing?
Measuring the radon in your home is done by appropriately placing a radon monitor in the home for two days. The monitor takes hourly readings of the radon levels in the air. After the two day period, the equipment is retrieved and taken to a lab where a report is generated. This report is then emailed to the client with the average radon test results measured in picocuries per liter.
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer among smokers.