What is Radon?
Radon, one of nature’s 92 naturally occurring elements, is a radioactive gas. It is formed naturally by the decay of the uranium that exists in most soils. It is odorless and colorless, making it difficult to detect but no less dangerous. Federal agencies estimate that radon gas causes at least 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer related deaths annually. Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer, second only to cigarette smoking.
Radon gas moves up from the ground and into buildings through cracks, holes, and gaps present in nearly every foundation and basement floor. Once inside the building, the radon collects on the lower levels where it can exist in dangerous concentrations. The Environmental Protection Agency and most state agencies have stated that any indoor radon concentration that exceeds 4.0 pCi/L should be reduced. 1 out of every 15 buildings in the United States has elevated levels. Old or new, well-sealed or not, all buildings are at risk of radon build up.
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