What is Radon?
Radon is a natural gas that is part of our environment. When it decays, it releases toxins that are extremely harmful to the human lungs if taken in high dosages. The more radon that you have in your house, the more that you are at risk of getting lung cancer. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), radon gas is the second cause of lung cancer behind smoking! This toxin is colorless and odorless therefore cannot be detected by the naked eye. Only high-quality radon measurement testers can identify accurately how much radon exist in your home.
How Does Radon Harm Me?
The EPA has also stated that 23,000 deaths a year are directly caused by the inhalation of radon gas. All of these cases were lung cancer-related. Whether you're a smoker or a non-smoker, radon gas is just as deadly to anyone that inhales it. It is true that radon gas exists everywhere, but if it is in a confined area such as a building, that's when it becomes deadly. The reason why is because there is no ventilation for it to escape out in the open. All of the gas floats around your home, stagnate, decaying and waiting for you to inhale it. Radon is typically harmless outdoors because the environment completely dilutes it. It can be primarily be found in basements because it manifests itself in the soil and seeps into the small crevices and cracks of your basement or ground floor. If you do not have a basement, it can still come into your home anywhere that it's touching the ground.
How To Mitigate radon
The first step is to get your space tested for high levels of radon. Any test measurement that is above a 4.0 PCL should be fixed immediately! You may think that there is not a cost-effective way of mitigating radon gas and removing it from your home. This is where RM&T comes in; we have a low-cost, high-quality radon gas mitigation system that we can install for you quickly and efficiently. We are a certified and insured radon company in Denver.