Radon(Rn) is a chemical element that is tasteless, odorless, colorless and radioactive. It’s a carcinogenic gas that’s dangerous to inhale. The build up of this element has raised huge health concerns as numerous lung cancer cases are attributed to exposure to Radon.
In fact, at least 12% of people with lung cancer develop the condition after being exposed to the gas.
Radon Is A Cancer Risk
As mentioned, you cannot see, taste or smell Radon, but it can be a huge problem in your residence. Breathing air containing radon increases the chances of getting cancer. This element has been said to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. That means that if you smoke and your home contains radon, you are at a much higher risk of getting cancer.
The element is found in numerous homes all over the United States. It is formed through the natural breakdown of uranium. It usually moves up through the ground and gets to your home through holes and cracks in the foundation. It can ideally make its way to your home through well water.
Colorado is declared to be a Radon Zone 1 state
The United States Geological Survey and the EPA have concluded the Colorado is a Zone 1 state. That means it has the highest potential of increased Radon levels and mitigation of the substance should be a priority. So, consider testing your home for radon gas before it’s too late.
So, what is the most practical solution in regards to Radon reduction?
As dangerous as the element sounds, there are a few simple ways to prevent radon from becoming a huge problem in your property. There are companies that specialize at Radon Mitigation for reasonable costs.
If your property is yet to be tested for Radon exposure, you may want to consider it as soon as possible. It’s usually wise to do this before buying or selling a home. Renovations and having to spend for the test can be a pain, but the thought of cancer should be enough to convince you on doing the right thing. You should test in the lowest level of the property that’s suitable for occupancy.
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