Radon is certainly a term that you hear thrown around quite a bit in everyday conversation, but how many of us really know what it is? Due to the context the term is generally used in, it is obvious that this is a harmful substance that needs to be dealt with, but how is it harmful and where does it come from? There are so many commonly asked questions regarding radon mitigation, especially when it comes time to have your home tested because you are getting ready to move. Here are some answers that will help you to better understand the nature of radon around us and the process of removing it from harm’s way.
What is radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that is naturally occurring from the decay of fossils and other elements commonly found in soil. The process that creates this gas is virtually unavoidable, which is why it is so important to be informed on its dangers and know when to get your home tested.
How does radon get inside of homes?
Because radon is a gas, it is able to seep into other materials and become absorbed. The stone foundations many homes and buildings are built on are the most susceptible to radon because it is built into the soil. Radon is not dangerous unless an excessive build up occurs and starts to exist at a toxic level. Cracks in cement foundation can become dangerous, as well as any area of the home that has loose soil present such as garages, unfinished basement areas or crawl spaces storage.
Why is radon dangerous?
This is a gas that is odorless and colorless, so you can literally be living in toxic levels without having any idea whatsoever. This gas, when inhaled in excess can cause cancerous cells in your lungs or severe gastrointestinal problems such as stomach ulcers or severe cancer of the stomach. Radon tends to be equally dangerous to everyone, even those who are fit and healthy naturally.
Is it required to have radon levels tested?
Most states require by law that a home getting ready to go for sale on the market must be tested and pass all official guidelines before someone else can purchase. Most states will not require testing in your home for any other reason, though office buildings generally have more strict testing regulations.
How often should radon be tested for?
You can never really test too frequently for radon levels because it is always occurring. Most people can live safely without being tested for several years, as the toxic levels mostly occur when there is a great deal of radon buildup.
Any company that specializes in environmental remediation can most likely test for radon levels in your home. Here in Denver, MTN Inc. can provide anything from radon testing to advanced mitigation systems for your residential or commercial needs. Be sure to speak with a representative regarding an estimate or any other questions and concerns you might have about harmful environmental contaminants.