Depending where you live, you might have never heard of Radon in the home before. Radon can be found in all 50 states, but some states are more affected than others. In Colorado about 50% of the homes have Radon levels that require a mitigation system.
What is radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It has no color, odor or taste and is chemically inert. It comes from the breakdown of uranium. Radon may cause lung cancer. In fact, it has been declared the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
How does it get in your home?
Radium is converted into Radon, it rises up through the ground and is released into the atmosphere. Your home sites in it’s path and so it rises through
- Spaces between basement walls and slab
- Cracks in foundations and/or walls
- Openings around sump pumps and drains
- Construction joints and plumbing penetrations
- Crawl spaces
- Using well water with high radon concentrations
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All About Radon video provided by U.S. Inspect.
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