Are You Breathing Radon Gas Without Knowing It?

Are you breathing radon gas without knowing it?

What is Radon Gas?

Radon gas is a radioactive gas produced from decaying uranium in the igneous rock below the earth’s surface. Exposure to radon gas over an extended period of time has been linked to some forms of lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have linked over 20,000 cases of lung cancer to elevated radon levels.

Should I be concerned?

Radon is present in all U.S. regions, but areas that have igneous rock layers are especially prone to elevated radon levels. You might see elevated radon levels in homes with basements and wells for water supply.

How do I know if the radon levels in my house are elevated?

Radon test kits can be purchased at a reasonable price through an HVAC contractor or on the Internet. There are short-term and long-term kits available.

Short-term kits typically run through a 30 to 90 day period. The sample is then delivered to the lab for analysis, and the results are sent back to the consumer.

Long-term kits last for an entire year. Long-term testing is often preferred because radon levels can shift as the seasons change whereas a short-term test may not capture the most accurate results.

What do I do if my radon levels are elevated?

Call your local HVAC contractor to have an analysis completed and install a radon mitigation system. These systems are simple, inexpensive and easy to have installed.

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38 thoughts on “Are You Breathing Radon Gas Without Knowing It?

  1. If wanting to purchase property where radon is known to be active what is recommended? How and what precautions are available for new home owners when looking? Can a law be established requiring homes on the market to be placed in some type of quarantine to protect buyers?

    • If the buyer of the home has a concern about radon gas, a test should be requested and completed before the house is purchased.
      If a person is building a house and has concerns of radon gas, drainage and mitigation systems could be incorporated in the design of the home to reduce the potential for radon exposure.

  2. Since moving into our recently bought home my hair and my husbands hair has been falling out no change in shampoos or conditioners cause this bee sign of radine?

    • Symptoms of radon gas exposure are usually in the form of respiratory distress- persistent coughing, scratchy throat, and over many years of exposure could lead to lung cancer. In all the research I have done, I have not seen one case where hair loss was connected with radon gas exposure.

  3. Our house is built on a concrete slab. When it rains a lot, there are some places close to the house that takes a while to dry up and it’s seem like it is very close to the slab. Would there be a chance of Radon Gas around the concrete slab or in our house?

    • I have the exact same problem in Bullhead city Arizona. I have been trying to figure it out for a long time to no avail. Let me know if you find out why it’s happening.

    • Symptoms of radon gas exposure are similar to common respiratory infections. The effects of radon exposure usually occur over a long period of time. For example: if you have high levels of radon in your basement and you go downstairs. You are not going to notice a cough or shortness of breath. Over years you may notice respiratory problems and eventually lung cancer.

    • Radon levels vary across the country and world. The only way to be sure if radon is present or not is to test for it.

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