What is Radon?

Radon (Rn)

What is Radon?

Radon is an invisible gas that occurs naturally outdoors in harmless amounts.

Where does Radon come from? 

It’s produced from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It sometimes becomes concentrated in homes built on soil with natural uranium deposits. It can enter buildings through cracks in floors or walls, construction joints, or gaps in foundations around pipes, wires or pumps. Radon levels are usually highest in the basement or crawl space.

How to test for it?

Because radon gas can’t be seen or smelled, the only way to know whether it’s a problem in your home is to test for it.You can hire a professional tester, or do it yourself with a kit you buy at a hardware store or online. Follow the instructions for leaving the kit in your house for the required number of days. Then mail it to a lab and wait for the results.

What do you do if your radon levels are high?(US EPA has set an action level of 4 pCi/L)

If you find out that your radon levels are high, you can take steps to lower the amount of radon in your home. The most common method is to hire a professional to have a vent pipe system and fan installed, which pulls radon from beneath the house and vents it to the outside.






Shana Edwards

Shana Edwards