What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Radon can be found throughout the world in different concentrations. The gas is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. Radon forms naturally from the radioactive decay of Uranium in rock, soil, and water. When radon gas is formed, it migrates upwards through the soil to the air above.
How Can Radon Enter My Home?
The major source of radon in a home comes from the ground beneath it. Radon moves up through the soil and enters through cracks and holes in the foundation and through different penetrations in the structure. Your house can trap radon gas inside the home and unhealthy levels of radon can accumlate. Radon can also enter a home through the water supply. Radon can be released into the air during showers and other household uses. However, radon from the water supply is most often minimal compared to ground sources. Any home can have a radon problem, including newly built, well sealed and insulated houses as well as old drafty houses. Homes with or without a basement, with or without a crawlspace.