Radon is a silent killer that you may never know is there.
Statistics report that radon is the number one cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in the US and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall.
Radon is an odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium in the soil and water underneath a home. Over time, radon gas can enter your home through cracks and gaps in the home’s walls and floors, and around service pipes that enter the home. It can even enter through sump pits and plumbing penetrations in the home.
In the Phoenix area, it is estimated that one in every 15 homes have higher than recommended levels of radon. Some statistics have shown that one in 10 homes tested in Maricopa county have higher than recommended levels of radon. Unfortunately radon is generally never part of the home inspection process and many real estate agents have never witnessed or participated in a radon test despite being in the industry for years.
While the Phoenix area is not known to be a radon hotspot in the country, radon still exists and can pose a health hazard to you. The only way to know the radon level in a home is to test for it.
The level of radon in your home is always fluctuating. As the indoor air pressure in your home changes, radon gases are sucked into your home like a vacuum, especially when the pressure changes due to wind or temperature differences. Even the furnace or AC can increase the radon levels in your home, especially if it creates a negative air pressure in the home.
If elevated levels of radon are present in a home, there are ways to fix the radon problem, even if the home has high radon readings. Radon mitigation systems can be installed to reduce the level of radon in the home while cracks, openings, and penetrations should be sealed to prevent additional exposure.