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Radon is the second leading cause of Lung Cancer in the United States.  Radon is a radioactive gas that is odorless, colorless and tasteless and comes from the natural breakdown of Uranium-238 and Radium-226.  Radon normally escapes harmlessly from the ground into the atmosphere.  The problem occurs when we build homes and other buildings that trap the Radon as it escapes the ground, causing it to accumulate in our indoor environment.  

Radon exposure occurs by either breathing air that contains Radon gas, or drinking water contaminated with Radon.  The exposure from drinking water is a much smaller risk than airborne Radon, but exposure can also occur when you breath the Radon that is off-gassed from water while using it for showers, washing, or cooking.

On a national basis, it is estimated that 1 in 15 homes have Radon levels above the recommended Radon action level of 4 picoCuries (pCi/L) per liter of air.  It’s recommended that you have your home tested for Radon every 2-5 years, or whenever you move, make structural changes, or changes to your heating or central air conditioning system. Tesing can be done by a professional, using a DIY test kit, or a continuous monitor.

Additional info can be found at the EPA Citizens Guide to Radon, the World Health Organization and this American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists information video.

Radon Info

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