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Why do radon levels increase during winter?

Utah Radon Services
November 9, 2017
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winter homeRadon is a radioactive gas that is created when uranium in the soil decays—and it can't be detected by our senses. When it enters a building and is breathed in over an extended period of time, it can damage the DNA inside our cells, causing lung cancer and other diseases.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, so it's important to test your home every two years. Even more, radon increases in homes during the winter, so it's important to perform every other test during the winter months.

We're here to help you understand how winter impacts radon levels and how you can protect your loved ones.

Why do radon levels increase during winter?

There are a few reasons that radon levels increase during winter. First, when windows and doors are shut for several months, radon can get trapped inside and concentrate to dangerous levels. Second, the pressure inside and outside a home changes during winter, which creates a vacuum effect that pulls radon out of the ground and into your home.

High radon levels can be found in any home in Utah. The longer you are exposed to radon and the higher the radon level in your home, the higher the risk of lung cancer. Winter is the perfect time to test your home, and if your levels come back elevated, we can help you install a radon mitigation system.

To receive a free radon test, simply fill out the form on this page or call us at 801-870-0715.

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