What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is created by the ongoing decomposition of soils. Much of the radon in our area comes from shale. If the shale layer is close to the ground surface, often elevated radon levels are found.

Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into our homes through cracks, expansion joints, and other holes in the foundation.

Radon makes up part of the air we breathe. If our eyes could see radon, the air would sparkle. It's impossible to eliminate radon. Our goal is to reduce high levels to normal.
     Why is too much radon a health threat?
      When we breathe air containing high concentrations of radon, we increase our risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If one smokes and the home has high radon levels, the risk of lung cancer is especially high. Radon is regarded as a Group A carcinogen; that is, it is known to cause cancer in humans with prolonged exposure.
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Radon often enters from shale under the concrete slab in basements
       It has been shown in carefully controlled studies on animals, and on hard-rock miners, and most recently confirmed in residential case-control studies, that the effects of radon gas can significantly increase the potential of lung cancer. The United States Environmental Protection Agency and Surgeon General recommend that people not have long-term exposures in excess of 4.0 pico Curies per liter (pCi/L).
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Radon caused over 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2012.
More homes are found with elevated radon levels today because they are more energy efficient. Less outside air comes in to dilute high radon levels.