Harmful Effects of Radon: What You Need to Know

At Millage Construction, we prioritize the safety of our clients. Radon gas is one of the silent threats we encounter in our homes. Because radon is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, there aren’t many reliable ways to detect it. It forms from the decay of uranium soil, rock, and water, and can seep into homes through cracks and openings in your foundation. Small levels of radon are almost always present but it becomes a health hazard when it accumulates indoors at high levels.

Health Risks of Radon Exposure

Being exposed to high levels of radon gas for a prolonged period of time is the second leading cause of cancer in the United States, second to smoking. The risk for lung cancer is even higher amongst smokers exposed to radon. Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe it in. These particles will release small bursts of energy, which can damage lung tissue, which will lead to lung cancer over time.

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Symptoms and Long-Term Effects

Radon exposure has no immediate symptoms, unfortunately. Unlike other kinds of gas, exposure doesn’t cause any headaches, dizziness, asthma, etc. As stated above, the damage caused by radon happens over a long period which makes it a silent threat. By the time most patients discover they have lung cancer, they’re in the advanced stages and it becomes more difficult to treat. That’s why it’s so crucial to regularly test your home for radon and take action when levels become too high.

Preventative Measures

We specialize in comprehensive commercial and residential radon testing services to identify the radon levels in your home or building. If we find high levels, our radon mitigation systems can effectively reduce and maintain safe radon levels, creating a safe environment for the inhabitants of your home or building.

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