What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that leads to over 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive carcinogen that most commonly enters the home up through the foundation and becomes trapped inside. All foundation types are susceptible to radon transmission from the soil, including homes with a basement, crawl space, and even slab on grade homes. Once radon enters the house, the stack effect pushes the gas upwards through the home, leaving anyone inside at risk of exposure. The taller the home, the more efficient the stack effect is at pushing the gas up, much like a chimney; the taller the structure, the more draw there is. The EPA states that extended exposure to radon, especially at levels over 4.0 pCi/L, greatly increases health risks. Testing the radon levels in your home is recommended once every 2-5 years to ensure a healthy environment is maintained. Statistically, 1 in every 15 homes is estimated to have a high radon level that needs to have a properly designed and installed radon mitigation system.