Naturally occurring, radon is an odorless, colorless gas emitted by the soil into many homes and other structures in the US. Unknown to many home and business owners, this cancer-causing chemical element hides beneath the surface in limestone. Entering buildings through many seemingly small entrances such as cracks in basement floors and walls, radon is a dangerous invader and the 2nd most common cause of lung cancer in the country.
Radon is a byproduct of the breakdown of radioactive metals within the soil. Elements commonly found in limestone, uranium, and radium are scattered underground throughout Tennessee. As these two elements breakdown, their Class A radioactive byproduct begins to seep up through the soil and often makes its way into homes and other structures above.
According to the CDC, “Radon gets into the indoor air primarily through pores and cracks in the soil under homes and other buildings. Usually, the air pressure in homes and buildings is lower than the pressure outside in the soil around or underneath the foundation. The pressure difference will create suction. Radon will come through cracks due to that suction (even at low levels).” Directly linked to lung cancer, this ominous soil gas is a real danger to many, despite its invisible nature. Homeowners should be aware of the levels of radon in their homes and should know at what point these levels require mitigative attention.
Measured by units of radioactivity per volume of air, radon levels are a grave concern. These units of measurement, called picocuries per liter (pCi/L), are an important piece of terminology for Tennessee homeowners to become familiar with. EPA recommends that homes that have a radon level at or above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air have mitigation procedures. begun immediately. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization lowers the cautionary levels, and recommends that action be taken when home reading levels average 2.7 and higher.
Radon exposure is an incredibly common cause of lung cancer within the US every year. Second only to cigarettes, radon is very dangerous, even surpassing secondhand smoke in its causative link to cancer. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, living in a home with a radon level of 4 pCi/L is the equivalent of getting 200 chest x-rays per year. Additionally, living in a home with a radon level of 20 pCi/L is the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes per day.
Radon exposure provides an even greater risk of lung cancer to children than to adults, with children up to two times more susceptible to the dangers that radon presents. Chronic and occasional smokers are also at a significantly heightened risk when exposed to radon compared to their non-smoking counterparts.
A hotbed for radon, Tennessee residents should be very aware of the common danger lurking just under the soil’s surface. Serving the state for over two decades, Radon 1 provides reliable radon testing and mitigation. With the experience and equipment to detect and combat radon levels, Radon 1 is Tennessee’s premier radon testing and mitigation company.
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