Radon Information and Resources

How radon enters a homeWhat is radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that originates from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and is found in buildings all across the country.  And, while radon is found in offices, schools, churches, and more, you and your loved ones
are at the highest risk for exposure in your own home – because you spend the most time there.

How does radon get into your home?
Radon is found in virtually all soil types.  It finds its way into homes by moving from the ground, to the air above, and then through tiny cracks and other holes in the foundation of the home.  The home then traps the radon inside, where it can build up.

Radon from soil gas is the foremost cause of radon problems. Sometimes radon enters the home through well water and in a small percentage of homes, the building materials can give off radon.
But, overall radon is most likely to come from the soil surrounding the residence.

Is radon bad for your health?
ALL of the major health organizations – including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Lung Association, and the American Medical Association – agree that radon causes thousands of preventable lung cancer deaths every year. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s General Health Advisory 2005, “Indoor radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today – second only to smoking.  Breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country.  It’s important to know that this threat is completely preventable.  Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques.”

Doesn’t radon affect only certain kinds of homes?
Radon affects homes of all types: old homes, new homes, drafty homes, insulated homes, homes with basements, and homes without basements. No house is exempt from developing radon issues.

Isn’t radon only a problem in certain parts of the country?
High radon levels have been found in all 50 states. Radon problems do vary from area to area, but Southwest Indiana and the surrounding region has been found to have high levels of radon in its soil.  The only way to know is to test.

If a neighbor’s test result is a good, won’t mine be too?
This is patently untrue.  Radon levels can vary greatly from home to home. The only way to knowis to test.

How can radon have an effect on my home sale?
If you are thinking of selling your home, more and more homebuyers are asking about radon levels.  And, because real estate sales tend to happen quickly, there is often little time to deal with radon and other issues.  And, most buyers want the tester to be someone who is not involved in the home sale.  Call Radon Systems of Indiana to get your home tested now.  We can then fix the problem – if there is one – and save the results for the buyer.  Avoid any contingencies on the sale of your house by testing now.

Isn’t radon remediation difficult, time intensive, and costly?
Radon Systems of Indiana prides itself on providing cost-effective, quick solutions for all radon issues.   Most radon problems can be resolved for about the same cost as other common home repairs.

Can homes with radon actually be fixed?
Radon Systems of Indiana has never seen a radon problem that couldn’t be resolved.

If I’ve lived in my home for a long time and it has high levels of radon, does it really matter if I correct the problem?
Your risk for lung cancer will be reduced if your radon levels are reduced.

For even more information about the affects of radon, please click here to visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s site.

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