3 Things You Need to Know About Radon

Radon Symbol in Front of the Periodic Table

 Radon Symbol in Front of the Periodic TableYou’ve probably heard about radon and the radon testing for homes. But do you ever wonder what it is?

If you are a resident of Salt Lake City, chances are you know people who are talking about the radon testing done in their homes. Aerolite Group shares some facts about this naturally occurring radioactive gas.

What is radon?

Radon gas develops when uranium, which is found in almost all soils, decays naturally. What’s worrisome is that you can’t smell or see radon, but it can be present in your home and can greatly affect indoor air quality. Radon levels in your homes should be tested because the gas has been linked to the development of lung cancer.

How does radon get inside your home?

Because radon gas is the byproduct of naturally decayed uranium in soils, it can enter your homes through the foundation. Holes and cracks in the foundation can become entryways for radon. It can also enter your home through your well water. As such, any home can have a potential radon problem. This is why homebuyers perform gas tests before signing the sale agreement. Other tests include mold testing, meth testing, lead testing and asbestos testing.

Is regular radon testing required?

It is advisable for homebuyers to test for radon before buying or renting a property. But since radon gas often seeps up through cracks and holes from the ground, it’s best to do another testing if family members start occupying lower levels of the house, particularly the basement, since it is closer to the ground.

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Radon gas is a carcinogen that has been linked to several cases of lung cancer in the US. Protect your family against this potentially dangerous element by having your home tested as soon as possible.