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When you own or rent a house, especially one with a basement, you’ll likely hear about the dangers of radon. Most people have a basic idea of what radon is—that it’s a gas that you want to keep out of your home. For those wondering what exactly radon gas is and if it’s dangerous, Affordable Radon Services is here to help you understand.

What Is Radon Gas?

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that radiates when the inherent uranium and thorium found in rocks and soil starts to break down. When this happens in nature, the gas harmlessly dissipates into the atmosphere and poses little to no risk. However, when the rocks and soil in the foundation of a home break down, the gas can get into basements, crawlspaces, and other regions where it may accumulate and can cause adverse effects.

Is Radon Dangerous?

After learning exactly what radon gas is, it helps to know if it’s dangerous. Radon gas is tasteless, odorless, and difficult to detect without tests or equipment. While it may not have any immediate effects, prolonged exposure to radon gas is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States. The CDC currently estimates that over 20,000 people die from lung cancer brought on by breathing radon each year.

How To Prevent Radon

While lengthy exposure to indoor radon can be dangerous, there are also ways to protect yourself through minimal, cost-effective methods. If you have a basement, we highly recommend installing a radon detector to warn you of rising radon levels. You may also choose to perform a DIY passive test or hire a professional service to check for radon actively. Staying on top of things is the best way to remain safe if you suspect you may have radon in your home.

If you need assistance installing a radon mitigation system, hiring a professional service can keep you and your home safe and prepared to deal with radon. Affordable Radon Services has been helping homeowners maintain quality air control and identify potential causes of this natural gas in their homes for many years. We have excellent warranty options and are happy to answer any questions you may have. For more details or to inquire about our services, please contact us anytime, and a member of our staff will be glad to assist you.