Radon is a byproduct of the decomposition of radioactive elements such as uranium. While that sounds dramatic, radioactive elements are very common though we may not recognize them. Many forms of igneous rock contain radioactive particles, and igneous rocks are perhaps the most common type of rock found on earth. Igneous means volcanic and there are many types of volcanic rocks. In fact, igneous rocks are often used in building homes and contain minerals such as granite, basalt, and pumice.
If your home is built on granite or igneous bedrock, then it might be a prime source for radon. Radon affects the body by increasing the radioactive contact between elemental particles and our cells. Exposure can cause certain forms of cancers. In its gaseous form, we breathe in radon and as we do we deposit those radioactive particles in our lungs and then they can transport around our body was our blood circulates.
There is a lot of information out there about Radon and as many myths as there are facts. Make no mistake about Radon. It is perhaps that most dangerous contaminant in homes and just because it is naturally occurring does not mean it is safe nor that it should be ignored.
Being Aware of what Radon is and how it affects us is important. Other steps that you can take to ensure you are safe from Radon includes:
1. Installing radon detectors – Carbon dioxide and Radon are not the same. Make certain that detectors in your home also detect radon.
2. Have your home inspected for Radon. As a starting point, inspection helps you understand the levels of Radon in and around your home. Homes can be fixed so that radon is not an issue.
3. Read up on Radon and become informed about the myths and facts surrounding this gas.
For more information about radon and your home, reach out to the Design Custom Home team to learn more about radon detectors, physical repairs that help reduce radon exposure, and more.