What is radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas. If Radon levels are high enough in your home and you are exposed to these high levels over time Radon can cause lung cancer and children may be more sensitive to Radon exposure. There are no safe levels of radon and you could have radon in your home, work place, or at your children schools . Radon is odorless and you cannot taste it.There are no symptoms that will tell you if your being exposed to Radon. In fact it takes years of exposure until you will see the effects. Radon is know to be present in homes in United states in every state. So does your home have Radon? Well that's a good question the only way to know for sure is to have your home tested for Radon gas. Survey information has shown that 1 out 5 homes in the US has elevated levels of Radon gas present. What can you do to protect you and your family from Radon gas. The first thing is to identify if the home has high levels of Radon present. So have your home tested. If there are high levels present there are ways to reduce these high levels. I would recommend hiring a certified Radon mitigation company in your state.
How does Radon come into our homes?
Radon can come through the soil into your home through cracks in the foundation holes in the foundation, through crawlspace foundations, and through basement foundations.The building can actually act like a vacuum and your home will such in soil gases. This is know as the stack effect differences in air pressure between the indoor and outdoor air pressure.When indoor air temperatures are hotter and outdoor temperatures are cooler the greater the stack effect is sucking in soil gases. So when it's cold outside the Radon can increase in the home due to the warm air rising in the home and sucking in the soil gases/Radon. Also vent fans and vents can create a negative pressure in the home increasing soil gases/Radon into the home. You have many vents and fans in your home such as gas water heaters, gas heaters, clothes dryer vents, range hoods and bath fans all can contribute to an increase of Radon gas into the home. Weather can be another factor increasing or decreasing Radon into the home environment. Type of weather conditions that can change Radon levels in homes are high wind, heavy rain, cold weather,