How Does Radon Gas Enter My House?

Utah Radon Services
September 28, 2017
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How Radon Gas Enters Home

By now you've heard of radon gas, but you're probably asking what is it and how does radon gas enter my house?

What is radon gas?

Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that occurs from the decay of uranium in soil and rocks. It has no odor or taste and can only be detected by testing. Radon gas exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. Because of this, the EPA recommends that every home be tested for radon gas.

How Does Radon Gas Enter My House?

As uranium decays and turns into radon gas it can accumulate inside your house to dangerous levels. Air pressure inside a home is usually lower than the air pressure outside causing a vacuum effect known as pressure differentials. This draws radon in through foundation cracks and other openings. Even if there are not visible cracks in the foundation, it is possible to still have high radon levels in a home because radon has the ability to permeate through concrete.

Every house can have radon gas. It doesn't matter if your house is new, old, finished basement, or the layout. Each house should be tested. If high radon levels are found, it is recommended to install a radon mitigation system. These affordable systems can be installed in any home and can drastically reduce the levels of radon in any home.

Request a free radon test kit for your home by filling out the form on this page or by calling 801-871-0715.

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