The Why and How of Radon Exposure
Radon is the natural breakdown and decay of Uranium, Radium and Thorium in rock and soil; Radon is a radioactive gas. This is in our gardens soil, under and surrounding our homes, buildings, hospitals and schools. Radon is also in the air we breathe be it outside or inside. Outside, radon concentrations are very low and diluted. Inside, radon concentrations can build up to much higher dangerous levels because it has no exit unless windows and doors are open. When radon levels build up indoors to high concentrations, the potential risk for lung cancer is also higher. Long term exposure to elevated levels of radon gas has been proven to cause lung cancer and there is concern other organs in the body may be affected as well.
Radon enters a home or building through cracks, fissures, sump pump openings, foundations and anywhere a gas can find it’s way in. Homes that are tightly sealed or heavily insulated can have higher indoor radon concentrations. New construction homes that are tightly sealed is an example. Properties built with surrounding soil that is rich in Uranium, Radium and Thorium may have higher radon concentrations indoors.
The only way to know if you have elevated radon concentrations is to test the property with an approved EPA method. Speak to a radon professional today to identify if your home is at risk.
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