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Mold & Indoor Air Quality

What is Radon?
See also: Radon: A Significant Health Hazard

Radon is a radioactive gas that causes cancer. It is classified as a Class A Carcinogen. It is odorless and tasteless, and exposure can cause lung cancer and deaths. Radon comes from the natural breakdown of soil, rock, and water and gets into the air we breath. Further, when radon decays, the products of it charged ions have a static charge that allow for easy attachment to dust and smoke particles in the air.

How does Radon Get Into the Home?
Radon is a radioactive gas, which comes from the natural decay of uranium found in soil. Once soil decays, it turns into gas and moves through the ground into the air. Air seeps in above and into the home through cracks and holes, thus affecting humans.

What are some Health Risks of Radon?
Radon gas decays into radioactive particles, which can get trapped into the lungs when you breathe. As these particles continue to break down, they can release small bursts of energy, which can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

The combination of smoking and radon exposure can greatly increase your chances of developing lung cancer.

Testing for Radon
Testing is the only way to know if you are at risk of radon in your home. Radon is heavier than air, so it is usually found in higher concentrations in lower levels of buildings. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor of a house or building for radon. Testing is easy and inexpensive, and only takes a few minutes. You can also test for radon in the home by hiring a qualified tester.

 

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Phone: Orange County 949-361-1113
           San Diego 760-592-MOLD
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