How Do I Know If My Home Has Radon?

Utah Radon Services
May 17, 2019
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Perhaps you have heard of radon gas and the potential health risks that it may present. If so, the first question you may ask is how do I know if my home has radon? But in order to answer that, we need to understand what radon is and why it is so important.

What is radon gas?

Radon gas is the radioactive byproduct of uranium decaying in soil and rock. It accounts for up to 70% of the radiation that people are exposed to here in Utah. As it enters the air outside, it dissipates and isn't a health risk. However, it can seep through the tiniest cracks and pores to enter your home. At that point it stays in there and you breathe it in.

Prolonged exposure to radon can begin to alter the dna in your lungs, leading to lung cancer. Radon is second only to smoking in causes for lung cancer. It accounts for over 21k deaths each year in the USA. With health risks like these, we must know if our homes have radon gas.

Detecting Radon In Your Home

Unfortunately, you can't smell radon when it is in your home. You also cannot see or taste it. So the question is, how do you know if your home has a high radon problem? Radon can ONLY be detected by specialized testing. You can get results within a few days and even test your home for free. All you need to do is fill out the form on this page to request your test.

If you'd like to learn more about radon testing, click here or call the experts at Utah Radon Services. We would be happy to answer your questions or get you set up for testing.

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