Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is responsible for over 22,000 deaths a year. Radon induced lung cancer is the leading cause of lung cancer amongst non-smokers. Know the sources of radon so you can protect your health.

Soil

The most likely source of Radon Gas in your home is coming from your basement. Radon comes from a breakdown of uranium a natural element found in our soil because the gas is penetrating thru cracks and coming up from the soil.  As it decays it turns into minerals but eventually turns into radon gas.  Radon gas is radioactive, which means it gives off radiation.  The gas gets trapped inside of buildings and attaches itself to oxygen atoms.  When we breathe in these gases seep into our lungs which can lead to lung cancer.

Contaminated Materials

Concrete is made of water, rock, sand and portland cement which is a combination of limestone, shells, chalk Shale, clay and iron ore. Most of these materials used come from the ground and most of the materials have a potential of having uranium contained within them and this is where building materials themselves can be the source of radon instead of the ground soil.  When this happens you will have high radon levels on all or most floors of the building regardless of how high off the ground they are. Once determined as a building emanation problem, a different type of mitigation system can be installed to treat this source.

Natural Occurrence

Radon can also find itself inside natural materials we use as building materials. This is because most of these natural materials start off below ground. Granite, Slate, Marble, and Shale can all produce radon emissions.  As they are forming they can bond with or form around uranium deposits.  This causes a problem when these materials are excavated and used in someone’s home or office.  The radiation that can emit from these materials can be harmful and more damaging than soil exposure because these items are more than likely placed in areas that people spend a large amount of time.

Water Migration

If you have a well or natural water source, your drinking water can contaminated with radon.  Any water that passes over a granite, granitic sand or gravel has the potential for radon to penetrate it.   Activities like showering, washing dishes, and washing your clothes can release radon gas into the air you breathe.   To remove radon from the water a professional radon mitigation company can install a treatment system which mixes the water with air and vents the air before use.

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