7 Ways Radon Can Enter Your Home

How does radon enter your home?

Because radon is a gas, it can seep up through the soil and enter buildings. Once radon enters a building, it is easily dispersed through the air, and will typically be at its highest concentration in the lowest level of the building. Radon gas itself is relatively harmless. It is the decay product of radon gas that release damaging energy particles leading to lung tissue damage when inhaled.

There are many different ways for radon to enter your home. Some of the ways include:

  1. Cracks in solid floors
  2. Construction joints
  3. Cracks in walls
  4. Gaps in suspended floors
  5. Gaps around pipes
  6. Cavities inside walls
  7. The water supply

The Risk of Living with Radon

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that around 21,000 people die from radon-induced lung cancer each year in the U.S.

There are no immediate symptoms from radon exposure. As radon naturally decays, it produces radioactive particles that get stuck in your lungs when you breathe. This causes damage to lung tissue and can lead to lung cancer after a prolonged period of time. Read More

Source: Oregon Health Authority oregon.gov