What is Radon

what is radon

What Is Radon Gas and Why Should I Remove It From my Home or Workplace?

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is radioactive. It is measured in Becquerels per cubic metre (Bq-m3). It cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. Nor can you hear radon gas emissions. Like all radioactive gases, radon is harmful, and monitoring your home or workplace regularly is important for your health and the health of those around you. The harmful and radioactive gas comes from decay of Uranium 238 that is present in the earth’s crust.

What Causes Radon?

When asking the question what is radon, it is important to understand where the inert gas comes from. Radon is present in all rocks and soils, and is one stage in the natural cycle of atomic degradation from uranium through to stable lead. Radon gas is inert and therefore never combines with other substances.

When increased quantities of the harmful gas are inhaled the damaging alpha energy released can damage the cells of the lung lining. Replacement cells produced where the lung lining has been damaged but not killed off can produce cancerous cells. Over a long period of exposure to radon, the risk of lung cancer is therefore highly increased.

What is Radon : Why Do I have Radon Gas in my Home

Buildings, both old and new across the world contain the radioactive gas radon. Buildings operate at a marginally lower atmospheric pressure due to wind movement, natural ‘stack effect’, temperature differentials, and extraction fans. These effects encourage the radon gas into the building, there are around 3 million atoms on a pin head meaning the radon can seep in through gaps or cracks in the building construction. Every building everywhere has radon gas, the only way to know how much is to test.

What is a Radon Test?

A radon test carried out with detectors, they are placed for three months and left alone, after the 3 months, they are sent to an independent, regulated laboratory. Depending on the findings of the test, radon mitigation may be necessary, our tailor-made systems being perfect for the job. For more information on radon testing, and the installation of Radvac products, click here to contact us today.

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