Radon: The Silent Home Intruder

Most of us have a home security system of some kind to protect our families from intruders. But there is a silent intruder that is a threat to every home – one that can cause dangerous health issues – that your security system can’t protect against. We’re talking about radon. And by being armed with accurate information, you can do something about it. At Certified Radon, we are passionate about informing our customers and community on the facts about radon and why you should take steps to protect your family.

What is radon and why is it dangerous?

Radon is a silent intruder that can seep into homes and buildings undetected, causing serious health risks to the occupants. Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that occurs naturally in the environment. It is a radioactive gas that is formed by the breakdown of uranium in rocks and soils.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. It is estimated that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States alone. The risk of lung cancer increases with the level of radon in the air and the length of time a person is exposed to it.

How does radon enter homes?

Radon enters homes through cracks in the foundation, walls, and floors, as well as through gaps around pipes and cables. It can also enter homes through the water supply, particularly if the water comes from a well. Once radon enters a home, it can become trapped and build up to dangerous levels. The only way to know if your home has high levels of radon is to test for it.

What can you do to protect your and your family from radon?

Testing for radon is simple and inexpensive. Certified Radon conducts an affordable,

professional short-term radon test that meets the EPA’s standards of radon testing. The testing device, a continuous radon monitor (CRM), is a calibrated instrument that will be placed in the lowest level of the home or building suitable for occupancy. Radon testing requires a minimum 48-hour test period with 12 hours of “closed-house conditions” prior to conducting the test. The continuous radon monitor (CRM) will take hourly readings for the duration of the test. Upon retrieval of the testing device, hourly readings are included in a detailed radon report specific to the structure tested.

If high levels of radon are detected in your home, there are steps you can take to reduce your exposure. The most effective method is to install a radon mitigation system. This involves sealing the cracks and gaps in the foundation and installing a ventilation system to remove radon from the air.

For more information about how you can take action to protect your family and have better peace of mind, call Certified Radon call 816.587.3500 or visit CertifiedRadonKC.com.