Radon Explained

Posted by: A1 Property Inspections on 2/17/2020 12:00 AM

What is radon gas? Radon is a naturally occurring gas that exists outdoors in harmless quantities. It is created from the normal breakdown of uranium in the earth. It can become concentrated when a home is constructed upon a property containing uranium. Then, it can enter homes through cracks in floors or walls. Basements and crawl spaces usually have the highest amount of radon.

Is radon unsafe? Yes, radon can cause lung cancer. The concerning aspect of radon is that it is colorless and odorless. However, when radon is found outdoors, it is not a health concern. When radon leaks inside a home, it can become trapped. This can expose the gas to the home’s inhabitants. Radon has been found in homes across Northwest Indiana.

According to the EPA, radon can increase your chance of lung cancer by breathing it in over time. In fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and there are an estimated 21,000 radon-related deaths (epa.gov).

Can radon be controlled? Yes, radon can be controlled with help from an expert, like your friends at A1 Property Inspections. The first step is having your home tested. This is the only way to detect radon levels. If radon levels are high, A1 Property Inspections can fix this issue and make your home safer. Contact us today by filling out this form or calling: (219) 299-3650.

American Society of Home Inspectors
Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS
SentriLock
National Radon Safety Board (NRSB)
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
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