Who, What, Where and Why of Radon
Radon, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer, is a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium. Radon occurs naturally in soil and rock and finds its way into the air we breathe. Radon migrates through cracks and voids found in ground types such as shale and stone, and then enters your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation where it can accumulate to unsafe levels.
Testing for Radon
Radon is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless, and radon test kits are a good way to find out if you and your family are at risk from radon. There are radon systems to fix a problem if needed. These radon systems, which will eliminate radon, are usually less expensive if installed during construction of a new home but retrofitting is possible. Radon can also enter the home through well water, although in most cases, will be a small source of risk.