Source: Deseret News, The Radioactive Killer, by Sara Israelsen-Hartley, Jan, 29, 2020 SALT LAKE CITY…
Radon gas is connected to thousands of deaths each year. In fact around 21,000 deaths each year in the United States are attributed to radon gas. Why? Well because prolonged exposure to radon gas leads to lung cancer. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer, just behind smoking, according to the surgeon general. A person who smokes is at even higher risk when exposed to radon.
Radon In Basements
Radon is the natural byproduct of uranium in soil, rock and water. This radioactive gas can be found ANYWHERE, and it can get into pretty much any building. It enters through construction joints, plumbing, and even the smallest cracks and pores in the foundation. The real risk is at your home, where you spend the most time. Radon levels will be highest in your basement just due to being closer to the soil, but even if you don’t use your basement, it is imperative to test your home for radon – air circulates and rises.
Radon & Crawlspaces
Now, lets talk crawlspaces. If your home has a crawl space that means that radon isn’t just finding small ways in, instead it is coming straight from the soil into your home. Houses with crawlspaces are at a much higher risk of having high radon levels. The good news is that radon mitigation systems can still be installed to dramatically reduce the radon levels in a home with a crawlspace. Each system installed is custom tailored for the homes construction, layout, etc.
What to do about radon
The first step is to test your home for radon gas, which is the only way to determine if your home has high radon levels. This is because there is no smell, color or taste to radon. Don’t wait to make your home safer and healthier for your loved ones. Utah Radon Services offers free radon testing for homes throughout Utah. Simply fill out the form on this page and request a free test.