Everyone wants their home to be a safe place, but there are some unseen dangers that may be lurking. For instance, black mold is a common type of mold that can cause health problems, and carbon monoxide is a gas that can cause suffocation. Another less talked about but equally deadly gas found in many homes is radon. Radon is carcinogenic due to the fact that it is radioactive. This is why it is so important to remove radon that is found in your home. Radon removal is the process by which radon specialists eliminate radon from a home or building. It is highly important that you invest in this procedure if you do discover high levels of this gas in your home. Longterm exposure has a very high likelihood of causing cancer.
The specific concern with radon is that it causes lung cancer, at a truly shocking rate. In fact, the only thing that is more likely to cause lung cancer is smoking. Radon is the second leading cause among smokers and the leading cause for those who do not smoke and never have. What makes radon in some ways even more insidious than cigarette smoke, though, is the fact that at least you know when you are around cigarette smoke, but with radon you have no idea, since it is odorless and colorless. Radon is something that is found all over the world, but it something that not everyone knows about. Furthermore, it is a naturally occurring substance and not a manmade one, so there is no way of knowing if your home is likely to have radon without testing for it. The main thing to remember is the fact that the longer the exposure goes on the greater the chances of cancer are. Because of this, it is important to start the radon mitigation process right away, preferably as soon as you identify the problem. Waiting too long can literally be the difference between life and death.
How radon comes to be is kind of interesting, and knowing helps to understand how it ends up in people’s homes. There are tons of different carcinogens in the world, but few of them are just naturally occurring parts of the soil. This is the case, when it comes to radon, though. It is a byproduct of the radioactive decay process that is always going on in the soil. Because it is a byproduct, it slowly is released over time, and because of its light gaseous nature, it simply rises up out of the ground. Here is where it becomes problematic. If there is nothing but open space and ground, the radon simply rises up and out and does not affect anyone. It is only when it is rising up into a home or other enclosed space that it is a problem. When it does rise into someone’s home, it has nowhere to go, which is why people end up breathing it in. To fix it, simply schedule radon abatement.