What Is Radon?
Radon is the silent, slow cancerous killer in our communities. It is a radioactive gas that has been found all over the U.S. in many homes. It is the normal breakdown of uranium in soil water and rock and gets into the air we breathe. Radon has no taste, color or odor so it’s not able to be detected without proper equipment and testing procedures. Radon is the #1 leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
How radon enters the home
Radon easily enters the home because it is a gas, through cracks in the foundation walls and floors of any size. Any home old or new, is at the mercy of any radon gases permeating through the open penetrations from water lines, drain pipes, gas lines, sump pump pits, electrical conduit and any other area where there has been an extrusion allowing a way for the gas to come in. It can also come in through the water and become airborne inside your home. Since we are in our homes working from home, playing games in our family rooms, and sleeping 4-8 hours a night, we could be exposed to high amounts of radon that could lead to health problems. So let’s be safe and get our homes tested.
Points to focus on
Remember the basement is the first point of contact and usually the strongest here at first entry.
“Man Cave (finished basement)”
this is becoming the center of involvement for gatherings, sports parties, family get togethers …
Game room: people tend to make an area in the basement for the kids to be out of the way and play their game systems.
Laundry room: Washing is NEVER finished!
Home Office: More and more home offices are being constructed in the basement. Long hours down here until retirement could be hazardous to your health.
Workout rooms: Teens and older age people want to keep in shape and with the heavy equipment there’s not a better place than in the cooler cement or block basement.