Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. If it is present in the soil around your home, it can enter the home through cracks in the foundation floor and walls, and especially through crawl spaces.
WHY IS IT DANGEROUS?
Radon is a colorless and odorless gas, so you can’t see it or taste it. As Radon gas is inhaled, microscopic particles are trapped in the lungs, these particles break down over time releasing a burst of radiation into the lungs that damages the lung tissues. According to the EPA, “Exposure to radon in the home is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year.” It is the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
IS IT IN MY HOME?
Radon gas to some degree is present in every home. The EPA reports that “Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels.”
WHO IS AT RISK?
The greatest risk of radon exposure is in buildings that are airtight, insufficiently ventilated, and have foundations or foundation leaks that allow air from the soil into the home. A home over a crawl space is particularly susceptible to this dangerous soil gas.
Radon Gas is relatively easy to control. Foundation Systems of Michigan has the solution you need to ensure a healthy home environment. We’ve repaired hundreds of crawl spaces with our line of crawl space products that can eliminate radon gas from entering your home. Call us today for a free crawl space estimate.
For more information on Radon Gas and how it effects you, go to: www.epa.gov/radon