How Radon Enters Your House

How Radon Enters Your House

One of the most frightening things about radon, the colorless and odorless gas that is a leading cause of lung cancer and other diseases, is its silence. Radon does not announce that it is in your home, and unless you have your home tested, you may never know that high levels of this dangerous substance are present.

radon in houseRadon enters your home in a number of different ways, so it is important to have your home tested and evaluated for radon levels, even if you do not suspect you have a problem. Radon is a naturally occurring substance, and unfortunately for homeowners it is found in virtually every part of the country. Radon is able to seep into your home through even the smallest cracks, and no home is airtight enough to prevent radon from coming in. Since the pressure in the interior of your home is lower than that of the soil surrounding your home, radon is able to seep into your home through the foundation. The foundation does not have to be cracked to allow radon to enter, although a crack in the basement wall or home foundation can certainly make the problem worse.

Radon Through Basements

The difference in pressure alone can be all it takes for dangerous levels of radon to seep into your home. That difference in pressure acts like a vacuum, sucking the radon gas from the surrounding soil and environment into the interior of your home. Radon typically enters your home through the basement, then seeps up into the living space, putting yourself, your home and your family at risk.

In addition to the soil and foundation of your home, radon can also enter your house through contaminated well water. Radon is present in and around the water table in many parts of the country, and that makes it all too easy for the gas to enter your home every time you turn on the tap. When you take a shower, brush or teeth or wash your hands, you could inadvertently be letting higher and higher levels of radon into your home.

Radon Testing

Radon TestingThat is why it is so important for any radon testing you have done to include not only the interior of your home but the soil surrounding it and the water coming into it as well. Any quality radon testing company will take air samples, soil samples and water samples to determine where the radon is coming from and how best to eradicate it. And when you choose a radon reduction system, that system should focus on those areas of concern and help you and your family get rid of this potentially deadly radioactive gas.