Radon, an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas, is one of the most hazardous indoor pollutants and it’s the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates.
Radon gas forms naturally when radioactive metal (radium, thorium or uranium) breaks down in rocks, soil or groundwater. It evaporates and disappears outdoors, so levels outside are low. Indoors, however, radon gas can enter buildings through their foundations and become trapped.
Breathing in radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is the likely cause of more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the US. Exposure to radon is an important component in preventing lung cancer. According to the US EPA, radon concentrations above its action level (4.0 pCi/L) are present in 1 of 15 buildings in the United States.
You can’t see or smell radon. Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure. Radon can have a big impact on your Indoor Air Quality. If your average radon levels during the testing period are at or exceed the EPA Action Level of 4.0 pCi/L, you should contact us to put you in touch with one of our radon mitigation partners.