When it comes to owning a home, many buyers fail to consider that radon may be a potential cause for concern. You may have heard of this gas, but it likely isn’t on the radar for your house-hunting checklist. Unfortunately, failure to consider the radon levels in the area in which you live can have detrimental consequences. Erie Environmental is sharing some facts about radon to keep you and your family safe.

What is Radon Gas?

Radon is an invisible, radioactive, and naturally occurring gas that is colorless, tasteless, and odorless. It exists naturally and is formed when uranium in soil, water, and rock disintegrates into the air or groundwater. The gas is present in trace amounts, but is able to disperse with ease outside. However, health issues can present when radon is trapped in homes and other buildings, seeping in by way of cracks in the foundation.

Is Radon Dangerous?

Yes! Radon is dangerous. Exposure occurs by breathing in radon, which can in turn cause cancer. Unfortunately, awareness is simply not enough as radon is undetectable unless you test for it.

Can Radon Cause Cancer?

Yes. Sadly, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.  The EPA reports 21,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths each year.

Erie Environmental Responds to Radon

When you suspect radon in your property, give Erie Environmental a call. We offer expert radon testing services and radon mitigation to ensure the health and well-being of your and your loved ones.

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Source: EPA