What is radon?
Radon is an invisible and odourless gas, the product of radioactive decay of element radium. Radium is found naturally in varying concentration in most soils and rocks, with some granites and alum shale being most abundant. Other radioactive elements, the so called radon progeny (or daughters) are created by spontaneous radioactive decay of radon. When inhaled these attach to the lung tissue and irradiate it. High radon levels indoors have been found to increase risk of lung cancer.
Why is radon found in buildings?
As radon has low tendency to react with other materials it can easily diffuse or be sucked into buildings together with soil gas even through tiny cracks in the floor.? Radon concentration in soil gas can be very high.? Soil gas is sucked into the buildings mainly due to the air pressure difference. The air pressure being lower in indoor air compared to the ground.
World Health Organisation ?(WHO) classifies radon as the second most important cause of lung cancer. Only smoking represents higher health risk with respect to lung cancer. Of course, the risk is dependent on the concentration of radon in indoor air. Also the risk increases with time spent indoors. A person living in a house with radon concentration of 1000 Bq/m³ has approximately same risk for getting lung cancer as an average smoker.?
Do I live in a high radon home?
The only way to find this out is to measure radon. TKA Inspections Services offers a comprehensive non-obtrusive radon test. The Test is done by sampling the air quality over a period of days using a professional radon Testing Kit. The samples are then sent to a lab for final results.
Why should home radon testing be done?
Indoors, radon can accumulate in the lower levels of homes where it can adversely affect human health. Radon has been found to cause lung cancer in humans. Outdoors where radon is diluted to low concentrations, radon poses little risk to humans. As concentrations of radon increase, there is a greater chance of contracting lung cancer. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Radon can be found all over the US and in any type of building. It is important to test your home, because families are most likely to get the greatest exposure in their homes. It is where most people spend most of their time. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing in all homes below the third floor. If a home has high levels of radon, there are simple and relatively low cost ways to reduce the radon levels. For more information about radon and lung cancer, see the following web page: Questions about Radon and Cancer(LINKED: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/radon)
Lung cancer is the number 1 cause of death, and this includes non-smoking people. See what Dr. Oz says about Radon... http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/ask-dr-oz-anti-cancer-edition-pt-2