If you are a homeowner (or trying to become one) in Utah, you need to know about radon gas through this "Homeowner’s Guide to Radon". While knowledge about the dangers of radon is spreading, many people still don’t understand what radon is and the health risk it can present.
What Do I Need To Know About Radon?
When uranium in soil decays, a radioactive gas called radon is formed. It has no odor, taste, or color and enters your home through construction joints, cracks, and pores in the foundation. Once in your home, it becomes trapped and inhaled by those inside.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. In fact, about 21,000 deaths per year are from radon-related lung cancer.
Radon in Utah
One in three homes in Utah has high levels of radon gas, and there is a good chance your home could be one of them.
It is important to note that any home can have high radon levels. It doesn’t matter if it is new or old, large or small, it can still have high radon levels from uranium decay. Additionally, if your neighbor had their home tested and found low levels, that doesn’t automatically mean that your home will also have low levels. Uranium varies even between short distances, and it’s important to have your home tested, too.
Steps To Take for Radon Safety
Whether you are buying a home or have lived there for years, the first step is always to test the home for radon gas. Testing is easy and free if you fill out the form on this page.
If your results show high levels of radon, then the next step is to install an active radon mitigation system. A series of pipes connected to a fan will vent the radon out above your home and can be installed quickly without large disruption to your home.
If you are building a home, contact us about installing a passive radon system during the building process. This can save you money and, in some cases, protect you from being exposed to high levels of radon gas.
Questions or concerns about radon gas or this Homeowner’s Guide to Radon? Call us at 801-871-0715.