Even though radon is invisible to the human eye, we represent it in this diagram, as a evil green cloud of smoke. Radon could enter your house basically from any crack in your lower foundation.
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Radon moves from uranium-bearing granite deposits in the soil to atmosphere because there is a lower concentration of radon in the atmosphere than in the soil. Your home is sited in its path and because the house is usually warmer than the surrounding soil, the air pressure is less and soil gases including radon move into the home. The most common routes are:
- Spaces between basement walls and slab
- Cracks in foundations and/or walls
- Openings around sump pumps and drains
- Construction joints
- Crawl spaces
Showers, etc using well water with high radon concentrations
You cannot see, smell or taste radon and there are no noticeable symptoms you can detect from initial exposure, but it still may be a problem in your home! When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. Also, if you’re a smoker and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
- Radon is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.
- Lung cancer is the only health effect which has been definitively linked with radon exposure.
- Lung cancer can develop in a little as a few years (5-25) after exposure.