What is Radon?

Bob Wahl
Bob Wahl
Published on December 8, 2017

What is radon? How does radon enter a home? Is radon detectable? What levels of radon are considered dangerous?

On this episode, Tom and Cherie with St. Louis Radon Test and Mitigation answer these questions and more!

What is Radon?

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas. It seeps up from the ground from the decay of radium. You won’t be able to smell it or see it, but it is a radioactive carcinogen. Outdoors, the radium dissipates and breaks down, but it can accumulate in buildings and houses. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, nearly one in 15 homes in the U.S. has a high level of indoor radon. 1 out of every 5 homes in Missouri is estimated to have elevated radon levels.

Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, killing 21,000 people each year.

Are their symptoms of radon exposure?

Unfortunately, there are not symptoms until its too late. The only way to know if there are elevated radon levels in your home is to have it tested.

What levels are considered dangerous?

There are guideline levels, but there really is no safe level of radon. Even lower levels can cause concern over cancer. The length of exposure must also be considered.

St. Louis Radon Test and Mitigation

St. Louis Radon is a fully licensed, certified and insured Radon testing and mitigation company. They have been in operation for more than ten years and cover St. Louis, St. Charles, and Jefferson Counties. They are passionate about educating the community about the dangers of radon and improving the health and wellness of families in the area.

Contact St. Louis Radon

stlradon.com
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Resources

epa.gov/radon

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