Radon gas usually exists at very low levels outdoors. In a few areas, depending on local geology, Radon is produced from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It dissolves into ground water and can be released into the air when the water is used. In areas without adequate ventilation, such as underground mines, radon can accumulate to levels that substantially increase the risk of lung cancer.
Radon is a radioactive gas produced from the natural decay of uranium, thorium, and radium in rocks and soil. It is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that seeps up through the ground and diffuses into the air. Radon is present in nearly all air. Everyone breathes in radon every day, usually at very low levels. However, people who inhale high levels of radon are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the first leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers.
According to the EPA, the entire state of Iowa is considered at high risk for radon gas in homes. High levels of radon can be found in any type of home, so it is important for everyone to test their home.
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Cracks in concrete slabs
Cracks in walls
Pores and cracks in concrete blocks
Exposed soil, as in a sump or crawl space
Weeping (drain) tile, if drained to an open sump
Loose fitting pipe penetrations
Open tops of block walls
Building materials: brick, concrete, rock