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What is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas released from the normal decay of uranium in rocks and soil. It is an invisible, orderless and tasteless gas that seeps up through the ground and diffuses into the air. In a few areas, depending upon local geology, radon dissolves into the ground water and can be released into the air when the water is used.

Radon Gets in Through:
  • Cracks in solid floors
  • Construction joints
  • Cracks in walls
  • Gaps in suspended floors
  • Gaps around service pipes
  • Cavities inside walls
  • The water supply
Radon Gets Into Your Home in Numerous Ways

Radon gas usually exists at very low levels outdoors, however, in homes radon can accumulate to levels that substantially increase the risk of lung cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that one in fifteen homes in the United States has high levels of radon and should be fixed. According to (the largest radon testing lab in the country), one in four homes in Ada County, Idaho has high levels of radon.

Please enjoy this informative video by the American Lung Association: (3 min.)

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