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Why Should You Conduct a Radon Test in Your Home?

Posted in Blog | Radon Testing on January 29th, 2016 by Ian Stevens

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the radioactive decay of radium. Radon can be very dangerous because of it colorless, odorless entities that cannot be detected by human senses. Radon is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Homes or buildings can trap radon inside of them without ever knowing that it is present.

Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer within the United States? Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year.

Some major radon entry routes can be:

  • Cracks in concrete slabs
  • Pores and cracks in concrete blocks
  • Mortar joints
  • Loose fitting pipe penetrations
  • Well water
  • Building materials such as brick, concrete, rock

Nearly 1 in every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Any home regardless of its age or size is at risk for having a radon problem, and the only way to know about your home’s radon levels is to test!

Learn more about MD Mold Testing’s radon testing services in Maryland today.