Source: Deseret News, The Radioactive Killer, by Sara Israelsen-Hartley, Jan, 29, 2020 SALT LAKE CITY…
By now, you have probably heard about radon gas. It is often called “The Silent Killer” because this odorless, tasteless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. For non-smokers, it is actually the leading cause of lung cancer. Organizations like the EPA and WHO have stated that your risk of contracting lung cancer increases if you are exposed to high levels of radon gas. But what causes high levels of Radon Gas?
What Causes High Levels Of Radon Gas?
One of the leading causes of high radon gas levels in a home is the natural radioactive decay of uranium. Uranium can be found in soil, rocks and water. As uranium decays, it releases radon gas into the atmosphere. If your home foundation built on soil containing radon, it enters the home and become a health hazard.
Radon enters your home through cracks and pores in the foundation, construction joints, gaps around service pipes, cavities inside walls, as well as ventilation systems. This means, each house is different and neighbor may have low levels while your house has high levels. The only way to know for certain if your home has high radon levels, is to have a certified company test your home.
Free Radon Testing
Utah has a high supply of uranium which means that many Utah homes have high radon levels. In fact, 1 in 3 houses have levels above the EPA action level (or the level that they recommend your be below). Learn why it is important for all Utah homes to be tested for radon here.
Utah Radon Services has tested thousands of Utah homes for radon gas. If your home has not been tested, don’t delay. Fill out the form on this page or call us at 801-871-0715 to request your FREE home radon test, today!