What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It forms naturally from the decay of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found in different amounts in the ground throughout our state and the world. Radon moves through the ground into the air and water. Radon is everywhere. It is at a normally low level in the outdoor air and the water in streams and rivers. Much higher levels are found in some homes and underground water sources; such as wells.
How does Radon enter your home?
Radon can enter a house through any opening. Water that contains radon travels through piping and is released at the faucet. It can pass through cracks in the basement slab. If the home is on a crawlspace, the gas seeps through gaps in the framing. Any crack in the block foundation can also let the gas in. The gas builds up and reaches levels that are unsafe.
How it gets in your body.
Radon gas breaks down into solid radioactive particles called radon progeny. Radon progeny attaches to dust in the home and can be taken into our lungs when we breathe in these areas. As these particles break down, they emit radiation that can damage the DNA inside your cells. The EPA recommends any home with a reading of 4 or more should be mitigated.