What You Need to Know about Radon
Radon is a tasteless, odorless, and invisible toxic gas that has been determined to be the cause of several health conditions, including lung cancer. It is a naturally occurring radioactive element that comes from the breakdown of uranium. Rock and soil beds are the most common places that radon is found. Because of its concentration of igneous rock forms, the Greater Triangle Area of North Carolina is at especially high risk for radon exposure. In a few rarer instances, radon has also been detected in homes that use water from an underground well.
Why Testing for Radon is Important for You and Your Family
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that there is a definitive link between radon and cancer. In fact, radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer and can often be fatal. Because the gas cannot be tasted, smelled, or seen, it can go completely undetected in the home, leaving you and your family exposed. Children, who are still rapidly developing, are at an increased risk for the negative health conditions that come from this exposure. Having your home tested for radon is the only possible way to detect the gas and avoid the risk of cancer from prolonged exposure.
What to Do if Radon is Detected in Your Home
If radon is detected in the home you are selling or buying, you will be able to remedy the problem to avoid health consequences. The most effective and common way to combat radon exposure in the home is to install a fan and venting system in the basement or crawlspace area. Because radon typically comes up into the home from the ground, these fans and vents will prevent the gas from getting up through the foundation. Additionally, it is a good idea to have any foundation cracks resealed during this time for added protection.