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Radon Gas: The Invisible Killer

When faced with the question "what is radon gas", there are many people who cannot give an accurate answer. This is simply because many people do not know about radon gas and it's effects. Radon is something that every homeowner should be aware of. The effects that the gas is accompanied with are deadly and without the proper protection, it can ravage a home and the inhabitants alike. So, what is radon gas and what can be done to prevent it?

How to find a radon gas professional

A good place to start looking is with your county or your state health departments. Many of the departments have lists of people who have had training and credentialing. Having someone out to test and remove the radon if it is high will get the situation taken care of correctly and promptly.

What Is Radon Gas?

Radon is a natural gas that is released by the decaying of radium which is a natural part of the environment. As the radium decays, the gas is released in the process and comes up from cracks and crevices in the ground. Similarly, when radium decays under a home, radon is released into the home through cracks in the basement floor. Due to the air pressure being lower in the home than the pressure in the soil surrounding it, a vacuum effect occurs and pulls it into the home. Forty percent of the air we breathe on the first floor of our homes comes from the basement, so that makes it easy for radon gas to circulate throughout the home. The home is where most people are likely to come in contact with radon gas simply because this is where most of our time is spent.

Radon gas is known as the second leading cause of lung cancer. The production of little particles occurs during the process of decaying. These particles are small enough to be inhaled and deposited in the lungs. Once they sit in the lungs, the cancer can be initiated. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 21,000 deaths from lung cancer each year are caused by exposure to radon gas.

Radon Gas Prevention

Radon gas can be found all over the United States in any building structure including schools and offices. The question is how to keep it out of your home. The only way to make certain that your home is not being affected by radon gas is to test it. It is an easy task to test your home and the associated issues can be fixed. When you test for radon, if the test shows four or more picocuries of air, actions should be taken to reduce the amount of radon in the home.

The best time to test a home for radon is now. If there is a large amount of radon in the home, it can be reduced by a process called mitigation. The air with the radon is tapped into by a large pipe. The pipe sucks the air and the radon through a continuously running fan and expels it outside the home.

Benefits of radon prevention

Aside from having a happy and healthy home with the radon being gone, it can help you if you are planning to sell or buy a home. Knowing that radon is not prevalent in the home is a big benefit in home sales. Some homes can be built to prevent the entering of radon. They can be built with in home ventilation specifically designed to exhaust the radon before it can cause an issue. It is smart to do and creates a healthy environment that you and your family can live in happily.