[ Radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. ]
What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring ionized radioactive gas produced as a by-product of the decay of uranium. In Colorado 3 out of 4 homes have radon levels > 4 picocuries (pCi/L). Because Colorado is a highly mineralized state radon exists in our soil at higher amounts because of the high granite uranium rich rock formations. In addition, due to historic extensive mining activities uranium which is normally deep within the ground have been distributed from mine tailing to the surface in addition to other products of mining.
Radon emits high speed alpha particles with a Quality factor of 20.
The reason for 12 hour pre-testing closed home conditions is because it takes that length of time for dynamic equilibrium of radon decay products to reach normal levels for measurement.
Radon’s atomic number is 86 with 86 protons
If you’re a smoker, or a past smoker your risk factor becomes exponentially greater.
You are 19 more times likely to develop lung cancer from radon exposure then a non-smoker.
Alpha particles in Radon is a known DNA disruptor, damaging TP53, tumor suppressor gene.
Radon causes lung cancer.
Because there are no symptoms with radon exposure, the only way to be safe from inhaling radon gas, is to have your home tested.
Sources of Radon
Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless ground sourced gas that gets into your living space indoors.
Radon gets into your home and levels fluctuate depending on the soil in which your home was built. Naturally, mountain homes in high granite areas would potentially have higher radon levels. Radon seeps into the home through cracks or fractures in the foundation. Radon levels are at their highest concentration in the lowest level of your home, therefore the lowest livable area is the location that testing should be performed.
Radon can also get into your home and inhaled through your water source while taking a shower, bathing, doing dishes or cooking. This is more common from water sourced from wells.
Radon is measured in picocuries per Liter.EPA recommends that radon levels should be <= 1.3 pCi/LAction level is 4.0 pCi/L meaning, if levels in your home test 4.0 pCi/l or higher, you should hire a certified mitagator to get rid of the radon in your home.
Call us to schedule your radon test today. We do pre and post Radon testing. Our company is certified with the National Radon Proficiency Program CALL 719-722-0196