Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that occurs naturally in the earth. As elements like uranium and radium break down in the rock and soil beneath your house, they release radon gas.
Reminder for anyone struggling to recall high school chemistry class: uranium and radium are radioactive. The same is true for radon gas, which can cause lung cancer — in fact, radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Radon isn’t a problem outdoors, because it quickly dissipates into the atmosphere, leaving only minuscule amounts in the air you breathe. But if your house is tightly sealed — as many modern homes are, thanks to high-quality insulation and efficient air sealing — you could be at risk. That’s because radon can become trapped inside and build up to unsafe levels.
Because radon is odorless and invisible, the only way to know if you have a problem is to conduct a radon test. (HomeGauge. n.d)
Use a certified radon inspector to get the best results. CMHI is certified through InterNACHI.
Radon is a carcinogen or substance that can cause cancer with prolonged exposure. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that radon causes between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States, and is the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
Because it can take years for radon symptoms to appear, catching radon early on can protect you and your family down the line.
Home Gauge. n.d. “What is a radon test, and why is it important?” (2021, September 24). Retrieved June 2, 2022, from https://www.homegauge.com/learning/what-is-a-radon-test/