Radon has become a household name in recent years because of the growth of social media and the growing awareness of health issues. Radon levels in a home vary greatly depending on a handful of different factors. Some of these factors include weather conditions, time of year and room locations.
Radon is decay product from uranium which is found everywhere in the earth. Radon gas is lighter than air and naturally rises through cracks and gaps in the earth soils to eventually find itself into the air we breath. The gas really only becomes of grave concern when building conditions do not allow the radon to escape the structure. This is becoming more and more evident as homes are being constructed with more Energy efficiency in mind. This creates “un-
How radon causes lung cancer… radon gas decays and releases radiation in the form of alpha and beta particles into the air we breathe. It is the alpha particles that cause the most damage to the lungs. These tiny particles are released in the form of a solid, travel only a few inches but are strong enough to pit plastic as shown in the picture below of a long term alpha track radon test.
When released in the lungs these particles cause damage to the lung tissues DNA which starts the cancer process. It is a silent killer and you may never know what happened until it’s too late.
Radon tests are relatively simple. A professional test is usually in the range of $200 and consists of a short term 48 hour test. Professional testing equipment is regulated by IEMA (there are only a handful of machines useable in real estate transactions) and need to be calibrated every year for accuracy. There are less expensive ways of testing for radon including charcoal canisters or alpha track testers which are inexpensive but need to be sent to a lab for results which bumps up the cost and are typically less accurate and prone to mishandling.
If your interested in a professional radon test feel free to contact us and schedule a date.
Remember, “It’s not what you see that will kill you, it’s what you don’t see that will do it!”
Stay safe my friends!
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