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Radon: A General Overview

Radon is an inert gas found all over the world. It originates in the rocks found under your house

Diagram showing the various pathways by which radon can enter a home.
Diagram showing the various pathways by which radon can enter a home. Image courtesy of montgomerycountymd.gov

Every rock in the world has traces of uranium in it. It is the break down of the uranium in these rocks where radon gas gets it start. The gas is under a positive pressure. The gas works its way through the soil and gets into your home through cracks and breeches in your concrete slab. Radon can enter your home through sump pits, plumbing rough-ins, crawlspaces, well heads located in basements, French drains, and cracks. It does not matter whether your home is one month old or one hundred years old, your house has the potential to have a radon problem. Testing your home is the only way to know the radon level in your home.

RADON HISTORY

The radon issue started in 1984 when an electrician was hired by a Nuclear plant to do some work. When he walked into the nuclear plant he set off the sensors that indicated nuclear contamination. After the plant was thoroughly inspected and found safe, the EPA (Enviromental Protection Agency) checked his house and found very high radon levels. The EPA wondered just how many homes in America have this problem and, consequently, the radon issue started. The EPA estimates that one out of every fifteen homes has a problem with radon.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

RADON AND THE HEALTH PROBLEMS THAT IT CAUSES

Radon gas in itself is not what causes health problems. The gas decays like the uranium did in the rocks. When the gas decays, an energy particle is released. This is the Alpha particle. When this particle is inhaled, it attaches itself to the cells in the lung. The alpha particle then also decays and when that happens Gamma radiation now damages the cell that surround the alpha particle. If the cell is only damaged, the DNA sequence is changed and the cell repairs itself. Now, you have growing mutated cells in the lungs that cause cancer.


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