Radon has been getting more and more
attention as more information is discovered. Many Utah residents are at risk of
exposure to radon gas, which is believed to be the second leading cause of lung
cancer. So what do you need to know about Radon? Read on to learn what radon
is, what it is caused by and how it is a health risk to you and your family.
The Facts About Radon
Radon gas is the radioactive
byproduct from the decay of uranium in soil. So where does that uranium come
from? It is actually part of the limestone in the soil. The toxic radioactive
uranium in limestone oxidizes easily, degrading into lead, emitting the deadly
Because the foundation to your home
is built right down in the soil, it is alarmingly easy for radon to enter your
home. This gas can come through construction joints, plumbing areas and even
the smallest cracks and pores in the foundation. Now you might say, if it is in
the soil, I am constantly being exposed so there is no point in making sure it
isn’t in my house. Actually, radon outside disperses into the air and isn’t
much of a risk. But when it enters your home and you continuously breath it in,
it is a dangerous problem.
Years ago, the US Surgeon General
actually issued an advisory stating that radon is a “national health problem”
which causes thousands of deaths annually. In fact, up to 21,000 deaths each
year are attributed to radon exposure. Radon is the second leading cause of
lung cancer in the United States. Second only to smoking. And, bad news for
smokers, your risk is even higher. Here is the really bad news… one in three
homes throughout Utah have high radon levels. And without testing, you may not
know until it is too late. Because there is no odor, color or taste,
specialized testing is the only detection method.
Radon Action Plan
Now that you know the facts about
radon gas, it is important to take action. Finally some good news, this doesn’t
have to be an expensive process. Follow these steps to protect yourself and
your loved ones from radon gas.
■ Test your home. Utah Radon
Services provides free radon testing throughout the state of Utah. Click here
to learn more, or fill out the form on this page to request your free test
■ If the radon level in your home
exceeds safe standards, get a bid for a radon mitigation system. These systems
generally consist of a series of pipes and specialized equipment that pulls the
radon from the soil below your house and vents it above – dramatically reducing
the radon that ever enters your home. They are relatively inexpensive and can
be installed in just a few hours in most cases.
It is ironic that the second leading
cause of lung cancer, is relatively unknown, and many that know about it don’t
ever take action. Don’t make this mistake. Take a few short minutes to request
a free test. For peace of mind, and for the safety of your loved ones.