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Why Is Radon Gas A Health Concern?
What is Radon Gas?
Is radon gas a health concern? Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil. It is considered a health hazard due to its radioactivity level. In fact, in Utah, radon gas accounts for up to 70% of all the radiation that Utah residents are exposed to. Because it is odorless, tasteless, and colorless it may be present in your home without your knowledge.
Is Radon in your home?
Radon gas enters your house through cracks in the foundation and other openings. Radon gas can permeate through concrete, so levels can be high even if cracks aren’t visible.
Dangers of Radon Exposure
The US Surgeon General has stated that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer – second only to smoking. Radon is estimated to cause approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the general population. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as well as the WHO (World Health Organization) both recommend testing for radon and reducing radon in homes. It is noted that any radon exposure carries some risk of causing lung cancer. The lower the radon level in your home, the lower your family’s likelihood of lung cancer.
What Can You Do About Radon?
Radon gas cannot be seen, smelled or tasted so you MUST test your home! Get it professionally tested as soon as possible to find out if a radon problem exists and what can be done with potentially dangerous levels of radon. There are simple solutions to correct radon problems. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners and building owners have already fixed radon problems. Most buildings can be fixed for about the same cost as other common repairs.
Get your free Radon test by filling out the form to the right or by calling 801-871-0715. To learn more about what can be done if your home has high levels of radon gas, click here.
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