What is Radon?
Radon is a natural radioactive gas which is colorless and odorless, but is a cancer causer. In your home, its presence can pose a danger to your family's health. Radon remains the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.. and it's the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer among all Americans (with about 20,000 victims each year.)
How does Radon get into your house?
Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that get trapped in your lungs as you breathe. The particles can release small bursts of energy. This damages lung tissue and leads to lung cancer over your lifetime. As with environmental pollutants, the magnitude of radon health risks is still uncertain.
Can Radon levels be reduced in my home?
Yes. There are several proven methods to reduce radon levels in your home, but the main one is a vent pipe system and fan, which pulls radon out and away from your home, sending it outside. This system is called a soil suction radon reduction system, and does not require major changes to your home. Similar systems can in placed in any homes with crawl spaces. A radon contractor may use other successful methods. The K-State Extension Service can let you know about the contractors who've passed state inspection. Your county extension office may be offering radon test kits for $5 each to get a radon reading for your home. In Topeka, you'll find the Shawnee County office near the Expocentre at 1740 SW Western.
(Information from Dr. Radon)