Did you know that about 21,000 people in the United States will die this year from radon gas exposure? Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is second only to smoking, but unlike smoking which is a tangible choice that people make, you may be exposing yourself to radon gas right now and you do not even know it.
Radon gas is a toxic gas that has no color, taste or odor that is present in every home in the United States. It makes its way into a home through the foundation, often through the cracks and gaps and other little imperfections that exist in all man made structures, and it can build up to toxic levels over time. Even though radon gas is a naturally occurring gas that can never be comply rid of, there are many radon mitigation methods that can help keep the levels of radon down to safe levels inside of a home. The best way to understand radon gas and how it builds up is to think of yourself in an airtight box. Imagine there is a very tiny crack in the box and that box is sitting right on top of a grate that is slowly releasing a radioactive gas into the air and sometimes, into the box. Not all of the gas will make it’s way into the box, but if you do not put in a system to deal with that gas that is coming in, then over time there will be more gas in your box than there will be oxygen. That is what radon remediation does. It creates a system in a house the helps reduce the levels of radon and therefore reduces your risk of exposure to the radioactive particles that will damage your lungs and cause lung cancer.
Some homeowners that are aware of radon gas and it’s detrimental qualities will try to address the issue themselves by creating an air circulation system. That could include leaving the windows open and running a fan or air replacement system that helps “clear out” the radon gas. While this system can help reduce the buildup of radon gas, it does not actually create a long term solution and in the end it might be more trouble than it is worth than it would be to simply call a radon mitigation company.
Radon gas can be a significant health risk, which is the reason why more homeowners are conducting radon test in their home and why more potential home buyers are asking for testing to be done on a home before they complete the purchase. If you are currently a homeowner that has done testing in the past, it is also important to know that radon levels will ebb and flow over time, so you want to make sure that you are doing regular testing on the radon levels in your home. This is simple and cheap testing process that could potentially save your life one day or the lives of your family.