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Can Radon Gas Levels Increase Over Time?

Can Radon Gas Levels Change Over Time?

Even the lowest radon levels within your home are technically not safe, but it is surely nothing to panic over. Although, it does beg the question, can those minuscule levels significantly increase with time? For example, many people wonder, as the earth and soil under house changes with time can it produce higher levels of radioactive gas, or as my house ages can it absorb more radon?

Topics: Radon Testing

Are There Any Symptoms Of Radon Poisoning?

What is Radon and Can it Poison You?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It is naturally created from the decay of radioactive elements, such as uranium, which are found in different amounts in soil and rock throughout the world. 

Air pressure inside a home is usually lower than the air pressure outside; this causes a vacuum effect known as pressure differentials, drawing radon in through foundation cracks and other openings. Even if there are not visible cracks in the foundation, it is possible to still have high radon levels in a home because of radon's ability to permeate through concrete. 

Topics: When Should I Test for Radon?

How Long Does Radon Testing Take?

Radon Testing 

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of thorium and uranium in soil, rock, and water. It is also the only gas under standard conditions that has radioactive isotopes and is considered a health hazard due to its radioactivity level. 
 
Radon Gas is brought into a home through foundation cracks and other openings. Air pressure inside a building is usually lower than the air pressure outside; this causes a vacuum effect known as pressure differentials which draws out the radon. Even if there is no visible cracks in the foundation, it is still possible to have high radon levels inside your home due to radon's ability to permeate through concrete. 
 

The only way to know if you have Radon Gas in your home, is to have a certified Radon Testing Specialist perform a radon test. Radon testing is not complicated, however, if done improperly you may end up with inaccurate results. 

Topics: Radon Questions