In the past decade, there have been plenty of discussions about Radon gas and the consequences of indoor Radon. Still, it’s quite amazing to find that people do not really know about the possible threats of having it in your home indoors. It’s more or less because they do not know about Radon and how it is produced, even without their own knowledge. In most cases, people don’t really understand the presence of Radon, unless they conduct a systematic test, using a radon detector or by a professional expert.
In this article, as a part of public awareness, we would be talking about what is Radon and how it is produced without your notice. We will move onto the first question, shall we?
What is Radon?
Simply speaking, Radon is a gas that is present in our environment. However, chemically speaking, it’s a really dangerous radioactive gas that can cause several issues. So, when you inhale an unhealthy amount of Radon into your lungs, you will be exposed to cancer, especially lung cancer. Nevertheless, this does not happen if you are exposed to the naturally present radon in the air we breathe. It’s something else that cause all these problems of cancer — indoor radon.
Yes, you heard that right. Radon can easily get into our homes, in a shorter amount of time. When it’s inside homes, the intensity will be higher and you would end up inhaling an unhealthy amount of radon. This does not happen in all the cases, because there are certain ways how Radon gets into home indoors. But, what is to be noted here is the fact that the whole production and mixing of Radon happens without your notice. You can prevent it if you can detect it.
How It is Produced without Your Notice?
This is the big question, for sure. Before we talk about production of Radon, be aware of some things. First, Radon cannot be detected by human eyes, nose or touch. It’s an odor-less, color-less and tasteless gas that makes its entry to our home indoors. That is why we require specially-constructed testing kits for detecting the same.
Coming to the production of Radon, it’s completely natural. As you know, Uranium is a radioactive element. It is present in various parts of nature, such as soil, rocks and normal water. In the course of time, Uranium starts to decay and Radon is emitted as the result. This radon makes its ways to home indoors through many ways — wall breaks, in most cases. That is how your rooms and halls get filled with Radon.
However, a few factors matter when it comes to the amount of Radon that is produced. For instance, every region will have a specific amount of Uranium in the soil and water — so does the production of Radon. It’s also dependent on the weather and other aspect. In short, it’s not possible to give the universal estimate on radon gas that is present.
Why Should I Care?
We know you have this question, and we have a convincing answer — quite scientific.
Suppose you have a home with a huge basement. In that case, amount of Radon that would get into home indoors is really high. Even without the radon stuff, your indoor will be filled with dust and mites — even if you are using a high-end air purifier. So, Radon gets attached to the dust mites and makes its waste to your lungs. Once the gas is in your lungs, it starts to decay. It needs to be noted that the decaying process would take years and years. So, years would have passed when you detect cancer in your own body.
That’s pretty horrifying, isn’t it? Well, in case if you did not know, a huge amount of deaths is happening in the United States, every single year, due to the presence of Radon. While Radon doesn’t have any other health risks, lung cancer is something that you should never get.
What Can I Do?
Here are some things you can do if you want to get rid of Radon and its health risks.
- If you have a home with/without basements, do a thorough test for Radon presence. If you are using an active radon detector, consult a professional expert for effective radon mitigation tasks.
- Get in touch with authorities and experts to find out the healthy level of radon in your region. It does change depending on where you are.
- Always get a long-term radon tests, if possible. It will give you a precise idea about the risky levels of radon that may be in your indoors.
- If you are going to build your home, make sure that there is a mechanism to bring the radon gas from basement area to the outer area. You can simply connect a gas-tight pipe or something like that.
We hope, now, you have a clear idea about Radon and how it can harm your body if present indoors. We do also believe that you would take necessary steps for testing for Radon and mitigation of this dangerous gas.