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At Safe Home Radon, we’re committed to ensuring that our clients fully understand the dangers of radon exposure and the importance of radon testing. Please read through this page thoroughly to learn what radon is. If you have any questions, we’ll be happy to answer them.

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The Dangers of Radon

Radon is a radioactive element that is part of the radioactive decay chain of naturally occurring uranium in soil. You can’t see radon. You can’t smell radon. You can’t taste radon. Unlike carbon monoxide and many other home pollutants, radon’s adverse health effect, lung cancer, is usually not produced immediately. 

What does this mean for you and your family? You and your loved ones may be exposed to radon for many years without ever suspecting its presence in your home.

Lung cancer in humans arising from radon exposure is recognized by the following health and environmental organizations:

  • American Medical Association
  • U.S. Surgeon General
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Public Health Service
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Center for Disease Control
  • National Academy of Science
  • National Cancer Institute
  • World Health Organization

Why Test for Radon?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that radon is a Class A carcinogen, meaning that radon poisoning can lead to cancer. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause in smokers.

While scientists can estimate the approximate lung cancer deaths per 1,000 people, no single individual's risk can be estimated. At Safe Home Radon, we believe that testing is comparably inexpensive and the only way to know whether you are at risk for radon exposure.

How Does Radon Enter Your Home?

Radon can be introduced into your home in three different ways:

Diffusion:
Just as high-pressure systems tend to move into low-pressure areas, higher concentrations of radon (in the soil) tend to move into areas of lower concentrations, like our homes.

Building-Induced Soil Suction:
Buildings create partial vacuums that draw in soil gas. Pressure differentials in our homes create something called the "Stack Effect.” As hot air leaks out the top of our homes, makeup air is drawn in, some from under the slab. Soil gas containing radon is drawn in with the makeup air.

Various Pathways:
Whether through small cracks in the foundation, man-made passageways from excavation, or through our water drainages systems (sump pumps), radon gas can and will find its way into even the tightest-constructed homes.

Call Us Today

If you’re worried about your property being exposed to dangerous levels of radon, it’s best not to leave anything up to chance. At Safe Home Radon, we are committed to educating the Chicagoland community about the importance of radon testing.

Connect with us today to get your home on the path to total safety.

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