Radon is a dangerous, radioactive gas created when the naturally occurring elements of uranium and thorium break down in soil, rock and water. It can seep into a home through cracks in the foundation and find its way inside, where it accumulates and over time can cause lung cancer. Many people are unaware that this invisible, odorless and tasteless danger is responsible for more lung cancer deaths than smoking is.

Despite the perception that older homes radonbrønn are more likely to have problems with radon, it is a dangerous threat to any house, no matter how new. Even new construction may have easy ways for radon to enter the home, through gaps and cracks in the foundation or from water entering the home from the groundwater supply.

It is recommended that any house that uses a well for water testing have the water tested. Private wells often have higher radon concentrations in the water than surface water because it is more in direct contact with the rocks and soil that contain the uranium and thorium decay chains that create radon.

Because radon has only one atom, it is able to penetrate materials much more easily than gases with multiple atoms such as oxygen, O2. This allows radon to permeate the walls and other building materials of a home and enter living areas, where it can build up to dangerous levels over a long period of time. It can also be carried into the home through ventilation systems, such as furnaces and air conditioning.

A radon problem can be very difficult to detect without a professional test. A radon test is the only way to know whether your home has high radon levels and if the problem can be fixed before any harm can be done. If you have a radon problem in your house, it should be corrected as quickly as possible.

The best way to reduce radon in your home is by installing a radon mitigation system. This can be done in several different ways depending on the size of your house and the location of the radon source. A radon mitigation specialist can help you determine the best way to correct your radon problem.

Radon in older houses can cause a lot of damage and it is important to have any potential issues looked at by a professional. Children are particularly at risk for radon-related lung problems because of their small lungs and fast breathing rates. They can absorb more radiation and be affected for a longer time than adults.

Radon is a silent killer that can be prevented with the help of an experienced radon contractor. If you are considering buying a new home, it is recommended that you have the house tested for radon before making an offer. A radon test is inexpensive and relatively quick. You can purchase a test kit that meets EPA guidelines from most hardware stores or through a certified radon measurement consultant.