You may be asking yourself, “What is radon?”
Let the Radon Diva break it down for you!
You cannot see radon, taste radon, or smell radon. But this colorless, tasteless, and odorless gas is the primary source of natural radiation exposure and the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States among non-smokers. This Class A carcinogen is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year.
A decay product of uranium, radon gas permeates through soil and rocks, and in most cases, enters your home through cracks and openings in foundations and flooring. Other additional, less significant sources include uranium-enriched building materials (counter tops or stone fireplaces, among others) and radon gas dissolved in water.
Every home, regardless of its age, has some level of radon gas, with radon concentrations being highest in the basement due to the proximity to the subsoil. Radon concentrations vary day-to-day and season-to-season, with higher concentrations during the winter.
The recommended action level set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is 4.0 pCi/L and above, and has found nearly 1 out of 15 homes in the United States to have radon levels above 4.0 pCi/L. These homes are both new and old.
Radon is real. It is is the leading cancer risk in your home.
Similar to how radon gas is a decay product of uranium, radon decays into other toxic substances such as polonium, lead, and bismuth. When inhaled, polonium presents the greatest risk and causes permanent damage to the delicate cells lining the lungs. Think of radon as the gun and polonium as the bullets. Dr. Oz explains it best: When these damaged cells reproduce to heal themselves, they will make a mistake as they are reproducing. And when they make a mistake, it becomes a cancer.
Families in Cincinnati and southwestern Ohio are at a greater risk as our region is a hot spot for radon gas.
Does your home or office have radon? Radon testing is the only way to know. There are no symptoms that will alert you to radon gas in your home, and after being exposed to radon, it is a real threat to you and your family’s health.
Contact the Radon Diva today by calling (513) 561-8378 or by completing the form to the right! Radon gas can be detected through a simple, quick, and low cost radon test. If radon levels are found to be high in your home, it can be easily fixed through mitigation.