Written by Grayson Thrush
Radon is an extremely dangerous threat to humans because of the fact that it is not only deadly; it is also impossible to detect without proper dedicated equipment and professional help. Radon is a radioactive gas that is both odorless and colorless that forms when radium decays in the ground. Radon gas occurs as naturally as oxygen, and it diffuses harmlessly outdoors. Indoors however, such as in a home, radon can become concentrated in the ambient environment.
Radon gas is one of the leading causes of lung cancer, second only to cigarette smoke. It can also induce gastrointestinal problems and/or stomach cancer. Although as yet unproven, radon gas is thought to also cause fatigue, headaches, asthma, allergies and rashes. Radon is dangerous to all people. It is especially dangerous to young children and the elderly. It is also very dangerous to those individuals whom are immunosuppressed, such as HIV/AIDS patients and others.
Radon enters homes through sump pumps, basements, crawl spaces and anywhere else there is stagnant air in a home. Since humans cannot detect the presence of radon gas, each and every home should be tested. Testing kits are available at most major home improvement stores. To err on the side of caution, a professional radon mitigation specialist should be hired to thoroughly test a home. If radon is found to be present, a mitigation system should be professionally installed. Radon alarms are also available, which will sound an alarm if radon gas is detected. To be safe, hire a professional radon mitigation specialist in order to be certain that you and your family are protected from this potentially deadly carcinogen.