What is Radon?

Image of Radon gas from the earth

 Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It  forms naturally from the decay (breaking down) of radioactive elements,  such as uranium, which are found in different amounts in soil and rock  throughout the world. 

Radon getting in the House?


 Radon gas given off by soil or rock can enter buildings through cracks  in floors or walls; construction joints; or gaps in foundations around  pipes, wires, or pumps. Radon levels are usually highest in the basement  or crawl space. This level is closest to the soil or rock that is the  source of the radon. Therefore, people who spend much of their time in  basement rooms at home or at work have a greater risk for being exposed. 

Decay Particles in the Lungs



Being exposed to radon for a long period of time can lead to lung cancer.  Radon gas in the air breaks down into tiny radioactive elements (radon  progeny) that can lodge in the lining of the lungs, where they can give  off radiation. This radiation can damage lung cells and eventually lead  to lung cancer. 

Cigarette smoking is by far the most common cause of lung cancer in the United States,  but radon is the second leading cause. Scientists estimate that about  20,000 lung cancer deaths per year are related to radon.

Exposure to the combination of radon gas and cigarette smoke creates a  greater risk for lung cancer than either factor alone. Most  radon-related lung cancers develop in smokers. However, radon is also  thought to cause a significant number of lung cancer deaths among  non-smokers in the United States each year.

Abbott Home Inspections Radon Testing

Radon levels in homes

At Abbott Home Inspections here in Colorado Springs we will provide a 48 hour radon gas test in addition to your regular home inspection. The fee for this is 150 dollars. We will provide your hourly test report. Here in the United States this is reported as picoCuries per liter of air. 

For a complete review of Radon go to this link at the EPA.