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Why Should You Conduct a Radon Test in Your Home?

Posted in Blog | Radon Testing on February 15th, 2018 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 – only second to cigarette smoking.

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

Everyone could be exposed to Radon due to its natural existence outdoors. But because it is only found at low levels naturally, it doesn’t pose as many risks as when it is found in a home. Why? It is much more dangerous inside a home because the gas in confined within the small space and therefore more concentrated at significantly higher levels. It is especially prevalent in smaller spaces of your home like basements and attics.

Radon is a common problem in homes throughout the country – 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.

 

Posted: January 26, 2016 | Revised: February 15, 2018