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What is Radon?

Radon is an odorless, tasteless, invisible, natural gas known to cause cancer after prolonged exposure. It is a product of the natural decay of uranium and other radioactive metals commonly found in soil.
Updated: 06/18/2018
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Radon is colorless chemically non-reactive gas that is very harmful to humans. Because of its atomic make-up, radon can penetrate paints, walls, concrete and mortar, and often seeps into homes and offices over time without detection. The gas is soluble in water and other organic substances. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is the result of the natural breakdown of uranium particles, usually in rocks found in soil and occasionally in water that comes from wells. The EPA recommends testing your home once every 2 years.

Radon is a known carcinogen. Exposure to elevated levels of radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths. It is important to periodically test your home for radon, as radon levels can naturally change over time. If your radon levels are at or above 4.0 pCi/L you will need to install a radon mitigation system to lower the radon levels to a safer concentration.

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