Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is considered hazardous to health because of its radioactive property. There is a direct link between inhaling radon and lung cancer. In fact, more than 21,000 people die of lung cancer in the US every year, as a result of radon poisoning. There is no doubt that radon is a dangerous contaminant of indoor air. The radon levels in three out of ten Utah homes, exceeds the level recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. Depending on the way your home is built or ventilated, radon will accumulate in your home. The only way to find out if your family is at risk from radon poisoning is to conduct tests. If you stay in Utah, Aerolite’s radon testing program can help you ensure the safety of your family. Radon is found in all kinds of soil and it is produced from natural uranium decay. Uranium will break down into radium, which will in turn disintegrate into radon. Radon can enter your home through floor cracks, wall cracks, construction joints, cavities in walls, gaps around pipes, water supplies, and other routes.
What is the risk you face when you live with radon?
Radon disintegrates into other radioactive particles and these are trapped inside your lungs. When these particles undergo further disintegration, they release small amounts of energy. This damages the lung tissue and may lead to lung cancer. The irony is, not all people who are exposed to high levels of radon will develop lung cancer. If you are a smoker, your chances of developing lung cancer increase further.
How can Aerolite help with radon testing in your Utah home?
There are two ways to test the radon levels in your home – short-term and long-term tests. Aerolite can undertake both. Short-term tests can be completed in sixty hours, but you might have to leave your home during the period. Charcoal canisters or other specialized electronic instruments are used to conduct this test. Long-term tests will last for more than three months and can be conducted while people stay in the house. In this type of test, an alpha track detector or some other electronic detection instrument is used. Long-term tests are recommended because ambient temperature changes as well as barometric pressure are factored in, to arrive at a final valuation. If you are looking for services that involve testing for radon in homes in Salt Lake City, Park City, Sandy, Provo, or any other region of Utah, contact Aerolite today.