When you think of lung cancer, one of the main causes that you will immediately picture is smoking. When pressed to think of other causes you might draw up images of coal miners breathing in harmful black smoke that is also smudged all over their face, but the second most prominent cause of lung cancer comes from something that you can not even see. Radon gas is a radioactive gas that has no odor, no color, and no taste, and it is the second most cause of lung cancer. If you have not heard of it, or think that it is a specialized gas that only some people expose themselves to, think again. Radon gas is everywhere. Outside as well as in your homes and your schools.
Radon is a by product that is produced when radioactive elements such as uranium start to decay in the earth. Radon gas is produced during this process of decay and then it is released into the atmosphere. Actually, radon gas is only released into the atmosphere when it is released outside or away from areas of urban development. In situations where homes and schools and other buildings have been built, then it is very likely that the radon gas that is naturally being produced can somehow start to seep into a house. It makes its way into a house by creeping around the gaps in the foundation or the walls, or through cracks that may develop over time or by accident during the construction process. This radon gas, this invisible poison, comes into a home and then does not leave. Instead it exists in a home and is slowly inhaled by the people that are also existing in it. Depending on the amount of radon gas build up that is in the ground under and around a home, radon levels can continue to rise until the levels of radon in the home are so high that they will begin to damage the lung tissue of the people in the home and eventually lead to lung cancer.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent or to treat high levels of radon through radon remediation. There are professionals that specialize in testing and treating high levels of radon gas in homes that can help make sure that accurate testing is done to determine the levels or radon gas and then they can put together a radon mitigation plan for your household. Radon gas has been found in high levels all across the United States, so no matter where you are located or how new your home is, you should always have radon testing done on your home. Radon gas levels can vary over time, so it is also a good idea to have testing repeated every few years, especially considering how quick and affordable the test process is.
Companies like SWAT Environmental work all across the country and are available to answer any additional questions that you have about how to protect your home from elevated radon levels.