Do most basements have radon?
Beside this, how dangerous is radon in basement?
Basements, rooms over concrete slabs and areas over crawlspaces can have high radon levels. The more of it you breathe, combined with the concentrations of it, contribute to the risk factor. According to the EPA, radon kills more than 20,000 people per year! It is the number one lung cancer killer in non-smokers.
Similarly, what causes radon in basements? Radon comes from decaying Uranium that is contained in the rock and soil beneath the basement (under the foundation) of every home. Being in constant contact with the ground, a home's basement is the main entry point for Radon gas.
Simply so, how do I know if I have radon in my basement?
In fact, you're probably breathing it in every day, even if it's at a low level. However, you can't tell if you're breathing it in at a high level. The danger in radon exposure is that you can't see it, taste it, or smell it. And you won't have any symptoms to alert you.
What homes are more likely to have radon?
Radon can enter your home through:
- Cracks in foundation walls and floors.
- Gaps in flooring.
- Warm air rising indoors.
- Spaces around pipes entering the foundation.
- Wind blowing outdoors.
- Fireplaces and furnaces.
- Open areas inside the walls.
- Exterior air vents.