How Does Radon Get in Your Home?

Radon. It’s odorless, colorless and tasteless. And somehow, it can get into your home and cause all sorts of health problems for you and your family. So how does radon enter your home anyway? As specialists in radon testing in Minnesota, we know a thing or two about radon. Here is some important information about it and how it gets into your home.

First of all, it is important to understand what radon is. It is a gas that is radioactive and naturally occurring. It is produced when the uranium in soil, rocks and water breaks down. Your home can act like a vacuum and pull this radon inside, which is why regular radon testing is so important.

The difference in air pressure between the inside of your home and the outside of your home is the main culprit. The air pressure inside of your home is usually lower than the air outside, so that means your home sucks in the outdoor air. And when radon is in that outdoor air, it can get into your home without you even knowing it. This is why we always stress the importance of radon testing. Because other than when you or a family member gets sick from it, there are few other ways to tell if radon is a problem.

Radon can infiltrate your home through several different entry points. Some of them include cracks in your home’s foundation, floor-wall joints, loose fitting pipes, mortar joints, drain tile and more. Radon builds up in those areas and that’s when it becomes a problem.

And even if your home doesn’t have a basement or your neighbor’s house had radon testing done and the results were negative, that doesn’t mean your home is safe. The only way to know for sure that you and your family are safe from the dangers of this radioactive gas is through professional radon testing, like what we offer here at AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service.

So when you need radon testing in Minnesota, call us at 952-854-5110 or Contact Us.

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