Most people know that radon is not something you want to be exposed to, but how much do you actually know about this potentially harmful element? Here are a few facts that can help you get to know radon better so that you can protect yourself better against it.
Facts about Radon
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas. It is naturally occurring and is a byproduct of the radioactive decay of uranium, which is found in soil, rock, and water.
Prolonged exposure to high levels of radon can lead to serious health risks, particularly an increased risk of lung cancer. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer, responsible for thousands of deaths each year.
Indoor Air Quality
Radon can seep into homes and other buildings through cracks in foundations, gaps around pipes, and other entry points. It can accumulate indoors, especially in basements and lower levels of buildings.
Testing for radon levels in a building is the only way to determine whether a dangerous concentration is present. Testing is relatively simple and can be conducted with do-it-yourself test kits or by professionals.
The good news is that radon can be mitigated. If your property has not yet been tested for radon, our team will leave a discrete monitor in the area of your home or business where radon is most likely to be at its highest concentrated levels. After 48 hours, we will retrieve the monitor and provide you with results.
If your home or business does come back with unsafe levels of radon, Strouse Home Inspections can help. Our radon mitigation systems work by diverting radon gas up and out of your property in a safe manner. We can even paint the exposed portions of the mitigation system whatever color you desire, either to suit yours or your HOA’s standards.
If your property is older, you may be at risk for radon exposure. If you would like peace of mind and/or to protect your health, contact SHI to have your property tested for radon. Let us help keep you safe.
By Strouse Home Inspections 10-17-2023