Radon is a naturally occurring element that is actually an airborne
Radon is clear and odorless, tasteless,
and radon gas can build up anywhere in the nation. Radon is a by-product
of Uranium which can be found in soil, rock, and water and in the air. Because Radon gas is
radioactive, air inside the home that possesses
Radon may lead to the threat of lung cancer. Radon inside a home will build up to
unhealthy levels increasing the chance
of lung cancer. The Surgeon General has
created a health advisory concerning Radon
gas in the home because of this threat. "Indoor
Radon gas is a national health problem.
Radon causes thousands of deaths each year.
|Radon is undetectable
by humans without using special equipment
to measure its concentration. Radon
results are measured and reported in
either picocuries per liter (pCi/L)
or working levels (WL). The Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) has set 4 pCi/L
or 0.02 WL as the acceptable limits
for Radon gas in the home. Any readings
above this are considered hazardous.
There are a variety of methods for
testing Radon but the guidelines enumerated
in the EPA's Radon Measurement Proficiency
Program (RMP) should be followed to
insure the most accurate test results.
Just how Radon enters the home can vary.
Radon typically moves up through the ground,
through cracks and other holes in the foundation,
slab, sump pump openings, floor drains,
and pores in hollow brick walls to name
a few. Radon can also seep into ground
water coming from wells and remain trapped
there, entering the home in the water being
pumped from the well. Those on municipal
water supplies do not have as much risk
from this type of problem. Make sure you have your home tested for radon.
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