What is Radon?

What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that comes from the soil. It is a gas that is a decay product of Uranium. Since it is radioactive, science has found ways to detect it using radiation detection machines (which ProCheck Radon systems owns!).

Since Radon is radioactive it is unhealthy to humans and pets. It causes tissue damage and lung cancer when we are exposed to unhealthy levels.

Radon gets in through:

  1. Cracks in solid floors
  2. Construction joints
  3. Cracks in walls
  4. Gaps in suspended floors
  5. Gaps around service pipes
  6. Cavities inside walls

It is even in the air outside. But once it gets into the home, it concentrates into unhealthy levels.

It is estimated that exposure to radon causes 21,000 deaths per year, higher than deaths by drunk driving.

In the U.S., the EPA wants you to fix your home if the radon level is 4.0pCi/liter of air, or higher. This is an amount of radon in a liter of air.

Radon levels less than 4.0 pCi/liter of air STILL POST A RISK and can often be reduced to even healthier levels with the installation of a ProCheck Radon System.