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What is radon?

Idaho Radon Services
May 23, 2024
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Radon is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that rises from the ground when uranium in the soil decays. Uranium is present in high levels in Idaho, which means radon gas is also present across the state. Although we are frequently exposed to low levels, it can become dangerous when breathed in over a prolonged period.

Why should I care about it?

When this gas enters buildings, it can concentrate to dangerously high levels our senses can’t detect. When we breathe in it over a long period, we are at risk of developing lung cancer and other diseases. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and takes the lives of over 21,000 people annually. If you smoke, your risk is even higher if you are exposed to it, too. 

What can be done about radon? 

If you are building a new home, you can proactively have a mitigation system installed to reduce the amount of deadly gas that ever enters the home. If you live in a preexisting home, the first step is to test your home to see if you have high levels. You can request a free test kit by filling out the form on this page. If your home tests high for radon, you can install a mitigation system to lower the exposure to a safer level. 

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