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Radon Gas: A Silent Enemy

Radon Gas: A Silent Enemy By Shea Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas found in the uranium in the soil on which homes are built. It also poses a significant health risk in high concentration. Learn how to protect your home from radon gas!

When the uranium breaks down, it releases radon gas. Radon gas can then enter your home through cracks in concrete flooring and walls, floor drains, and dirt floors, to name a few. Radon gas becomes a problem when concentrations build up inside your home because it poses a number of health risks, including lung cancer.

How to Protect Your Home from Radon Gas

  • Get a radon gas test kit. You can purchase inexpensive do-it-yourself radon gas test kits. This procedure and will not require much time.
  • No smoking. Smoking alone is dangerous, but particularly so when combined with a high concentration of radon gas. You can reduce your lung cancer risk by not smoking and lowering your radon level in your home. Try not to allow anyone else to smoke in your home either.
  • Check your water. Most homes linked to public water systems do not have radon in their water supplies, but it has been found in wells. A certified technician can test radon levels in your water.
  • Educate yourself. It is up to you to learn about the various ways that you can reduce radon gas in your home. Contact your state's radon office and requesting more information. They also can provide you with names of qualified or state-certified radon gas-reduction contractors.

If you do find that you have radon gas in your home, don't worry. There are many simple solutions, but you must hire a trained contractor who specializes in radon-reduction.

About the Author
An accomplished educator and writer, Shea Richardson has several years of teaching experience in the Georgia public school system. She holds a degree in Education from Georgia State University and specializes in topics spanning technology, education, and group dynamics.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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