What is radon? Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas. Radon is formed by the radioactive decay of uranium in rock, soil and water. Once produced, radon moves through the ground and into our homes and other buildings. When radon seeps into your home, it becomes trapped and can build to dangerous levels. Learn more about radon gas at www.wikepedia.com
Radon in Minnesota Homes - Much of the soil in Southern Minnesota contains widespread uranium and radium. These minerals continuously break down to release radon gas. Minnesota's geology provides an ongoing supply of radon. In addition, a large percentage of Minnesota homes have elevated levels of radon because of how they are built and how they operate in our climate. Home appliances, chimneys and rising warm air all create a vacuum that can pull soil gases indoors. Radon is not just a basement problem - ventilation systems can distribute the radon gases to all areas of the home.
U.S. Surgeon General National Health Advisory - "Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of Lung Cancer in the U.S. and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed with well-established venting techniques." U.S. Surgeon General Website.
How does radon cause Lung Cancer? - When inhaled, airborne radon decay products become deeply lodged in the lungs, where the alphas radiate and penetrate the cells of the mucous membranes, bronchi and other pulmonary tissues. The ionizing radiation energy affecting the bronchial epithelial cells is believed to initiate the process of the carcinogenesis. Although, radon-related lung cancers are mainly seen in the upper airways, radon increases the incidence of all histological types of Lung Cancer, including small cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
You Can Protect Your Family From Radon - Test your home with one of our do-it-yourself radon test devices to determine if your home has elevated levels of radon gas. If your home is at risk, contact us for a free consultation and radon mitigation proposal. Our active radon mitigation systems are guaranteed to lower your homes indoor radon level to below EPA and WHO repair action guidelines.
Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CANSAR)
U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 1-800-SOS-RADON (767-7236)
Minnesota Department Of Health (MDH) 1-800-798-9050
Radon Publications for Homeowners:
Citizens Guide to Radon: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/citizensguide.pdf
Home Buyer's & Seller's Guide to radon: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/hmbuygud.pdf
Minnesota Department of Health Radon Brochure: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/rnrealestateweb.pdf
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