Have you heard of radon gas? If so, you may know that it comes from the decay of uranium in soil and rocks. Since the foundation of your home is built in the soil, there is a chance that every home may have radon present. So what is the average radon level in Utah homes?
Well first, why should you care about high radon levels? Because it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. It is second only to smoking. And here is some bad news, radon also accounts for up to 70% of the radiation we are exposed to here in Utah. So yes, high radon levels in Utah are a concern for us all.
How Does Radon Enter Your Home
Radon does not have a smell, taste or color so the only way to detect it is through specialized testing. Because of this, many people may have radon in their home without ever knowing the risk they may be exposed to. This radioactive gas can enter your home through the pores of your foundation, any cracks and even construction and plumbing joints.
Radon Levels In Utah
This map shows past testing results according to a Utah Geological Survey. Breaking it down, it shows the areas that have a high, moderate or low average. On average 1 in 3 homes have high radon levels in Utah. In fact, 14 zip codes through Salt Lake and the surrounding areas have an average over the recommended level. Search for your specific zip code average here.
Now your first instinct may be to only test if you live in a dark pink area. However, radon levels in neighboring houses can be different depending on the construction, the foundation and the soil it is built on, etc. With the health risk it presents and testing being offered FREE in the Salt Lake valley, there is no reason not to test your home today.
Fill out the form on this page to request a radon test kit. Or call and speak to our radon experts at 801-871-0715.