Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas and is the number one cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers.
In the United States, approximately 21,000 people die every year from radon related lung cancer. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. Protect your health and have your home or business tested for radon today.
Why is Radon Testing Important?
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers. In the United States, approximately 21,000 people die from radon-related lung cancer every year. Testing for radon now can discover a radon problem and allow you to mitigate your home or business before it’s too late.
Where Does Radon Come From?
The rocks and soil beneath our homes and businesses contain traces of uranium. Over time, the uranium breaks down and forms other elements. This is called radioactive decay. Radon is one link in the decay chain of uranium.
Negative building pressure creates a stack effect and pulls radon from the soil into your home or business. Radon enters buildings through foundation cracks, sump pump pits, groundwater, and porous building materials.
The EPA recommends every home be tested for radon.
How Does Radon Cause Cancer?
We inhale radon and its byproducts. When radon decays, it emits radioactive radiation in the form of an alpha particle. When an alpha particle hits our lung cells it can damage the cell DNA. Damaged lung cell DNA can lead to lung cancer.
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