What is Radon and why should it be removed?

While many people know that the number one cause of lung cancer comes from smoking, very few people may realize that the second most common cause of lung cancer is by living in areas that have high concentrations of radon gas.

Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive soil gas that is produced when uranium and radium decay. Radon gas is in the family of inert gases called "Noble Gases", which among other things means that the radon atoms do not inter-react with or attach themselves to other atoms or molecules. Almost all soils and bedrock have at least trace amounts of radioactive materials in them. Therefore, no matter where you live, you may be at risk of deadly doses of radon gas. Once the radon gas is produced, it can rise through the rock or soil and begin to seep into your home. Radon gas can come through practically any surface or material including floors and walls, even when no obvious cracks or defects can be seen. The list below shares some important (and fun) facts about radon gases:

  • The US EPA has estimated that more than 21,000 people die each year from radon induced lung cancer
  • Radon gases are odorless, colorless, and tasteless and cannot be detected without using special equipment and testing devices
  • Unlike smog or carbon monoxide, radon gases are naturally occurring.
  • Radon atoms are so small that they cannot be trapped or removed by any filter or air cleaner. Electrostatic air cleaners are not effective either because the radon atoms carry no electrical charge.

Where is radon gas found?

adon gas can be found anywhere and everywhere. Every state in the US has registered numerous cases of high levels of radon, as has almost every country in the world. Here in upstate South Carolina, dangerous levels of radon gas have been found in buildings throughout Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, Greenville, and Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. Radon gas is not prejudiced; it does not care what color you are, which side of town you live on, or how much you paid for your house….anybody can have radon problems.

Any type house or dwelling can have radon problems….basements, split levels, slab on grade, crawl spaces, one stories, two stories, townhouses, and condos. The only way to guarantee your safety is to have your house inspected and your radon levels tested. If you have high radon, get it fixed !