We spend countless dollars and man-hours trying to purify our air of pollution, but some of the most dangerous substances come from nature itself. Radon is an under-appreciated threat, but it’s estimated that 1 in 15 US homes have unsafe radon levels.
How do you know if your home is that one in fifteen with a problem? Does radon smell or can you see it? Does it cause symptoms? Read on for the answers you need to protect your family.
Frequently Asked Questions About Radon
Radon is a natural gas that’s created when uranium in the environment breaks down. It may be natural, but it’s also radioactive, so the questions and answers below can help you protect your health.
Does Radon Smell?
One of the scariest facts about radon is that it doesn’t make itself known. Radon is naturally odorless and colorless, so you can’t rely on your smell or your sight to know if there’s a problem.
Why Is Radon Dangerous?
The primary danger of radon is that over time it can cause lung cancer by damaging the cells in your lungs. In fact, while smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer in the US, radon exposure is number two.
What Are the Symptoms of Radon Exposure?
Unfortunately, there are no symptoms of radon exposure, so you shouldn’t assume you aren’t being exposed just because you’re feeling fine.
It is, however, helpful to know the symptoms of lung cancer. That way, if it does develop, you can get early treatment and improve your chances of recovery. The symptoms of lung cancer include:
- A long-lasting cough
- Shortness of breath
- Hoarse throat
- Coughing up blood
- Pain in the chest, especially while laughing or coughing
- Frequent respiratory infections
How Does Radon Get Into My Home?
Because radon is released from rocks and soil, there are many ways it can get into your home. It typically enters through cracks in the structure or through building materials. Worse yet, once it’s inside your home, the insulation keeps it in so it becomes concentrated in a small space.
How Much Radon Is Safe?
If you have your home tested for radon, it will be measured in “picocuries per liter” of air. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers dangerous radon levels to be anything above four picocuries per liter.
How Do I Get Rid of Radon?
Radon should be handled by a professional. If you have high radon levels (or you think you may), you should call a radon mitigation expert. Radon specialists like us are able to install technology to remove the radon from your home and keep it out.
Protecting Your Home from Radon
Excessive radon is nothing to sneeze at, and because it doesn’t make itself apparent until it’s caused a serious illness, you can’t wait until you know about the problem.
It’s important to be proactive about testing your home for radon and taking radon mitigation steps if necessary. If you’re ready to take that step, contact our radon specialists today. We service the Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Madison areas.