Many people are unaware of what exactly what  Radon gas is and what are the dangers associated with it. Radon Gas is a tasteless, odorless, invisible gas that It is formed from the radioactive decay of uranium. Uranium is found in small amounts in most rocks and soil. It slowly breaks down to other products such as radium, which breaks down to radon. Radon is a serious potential health threat that most people don’t even consider.   According to the EPA reports, “Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually.”  With these serious statistics you might wonder where Radon comes from, how it gets into your home and how to  test for it and most importantly remove it from your home.

How to tell if you have Radon

Radon testing is only way to find out if you have a radon problem in your home, the good news is that it is very easy. Since you cannot see or smell radon, special equipment is needed to detect it.  When you're ready to test your home, you can order a radon test kit by mail from a qualified radon measurement services provider or laboratory.  You can also hire a qualified radon tester, very often a home inspector, who will use a radon device(s) suitable to your situation.   As new testing devices are developed, you may want to check with your state radon office before you test to get the most up-to-date information

What to do if you have Radon

 It is estimated that one in 15 homes are threatened by Radon gas.  Companies like Safety Siren market a Radon detector not unlike a carbon monoxide detector. While the threat is real, the good news it it can be corrected if the gas is found in your home. If your house has failed a radon air to/or water test, you have options available to you to reduce radon levels to an acceptable level. There are companies that specialize in the reduction of Radon.  For Information on Radon Removal and various techniques, the EPA has published an on-line booklet called  "How To Reduce Radon Levels in Your Home"