What is Radon?
Radon (/ˈreɪdɒn/ ray-don) (Wikipedia) is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, occurring naturally as the decay product of radium.
Radon is formed as part of the normal radioactive decay chain of uranium. Uranium has been present since the earth was formed and its most common isotope has a very long half-life (4.5 billion years), which is the amount of time required for one-half of uranium to break down. Uranium, radium, and, thus, radon, will continue to occur for millions of years at about the same concentrations as they do now.
The United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO) says that radon is a worldwide health risk in homes. Dr. Maria Neira of WHO said that "Most radon-induced lung cancers occur from low and medium dose exposures in people's homes. Radon is the second most important cause of lung cancer after smoking in many countries."
Why Should You Test?
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.
A Simple 2-Day Test Could Save Your Life.
Testing is the only way to know your home's radon levels. There are no immediate symptoms that will alert you to the presence of radon. It typically takes years of exposure before any problems surface. The US EPA, Surgeon General, American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and National Safety Council recommend testing your home for radon because testing is the only way to know your home's radon levels.
Radon is a national environmental health problem. Elevated radon levels have been discovered in every state. Colorado is rated as "High Risk". The US EPA estimates that as many as 8 million homes throughout the country have elevated levels of radon. Current state surveys show that 1 home in 5 has elevated radon levels.
You've found radon in your home - what should you do?
First, don't panic!
Radon is everywhere and fixing a radon problem is very straight-forward and affordable.
If your test indicates unsafe levels we can provide information on professional mitigation companies in your area.
Call now to schedule your test.