There are a lot of different hazardous substances that can be found in a home. Some of them are more serious than others, and some are more rare or more common. Because of this, it is a good idea to undergo regular home inspections for various different things that can be wrong with your home. Black mold is one example, and radon is another. Unlike black mold, radon cannot be seen or easily detected. Because of this, it is necessary to have a professional radon mitigation specialist inspect your home regularly for this dangerous substance. Doing so will put your mind at ease if you do not have any radon, and it could very well save your life if you do have radon in your home.
There are lots of carcinogens in this world, but many of them are easily avoidable. In terms of lung cancer, the number one cause is preventable, since it is smoking. Simply by not smoking and exposing yourself to smoke, you can massively reduce your chances of getting lung cancer in this way. Radon is harder to avoid because it is completely odorless and colorless, so you would really have no way of knowing if you were around it. Much like cigarette smoke, though, radon does not cause cancer instantly. Instead, it is something that can develop over time. The longer the exposure, the greater the chances of developing this problem are. This, of course, explains why the frequency of your home inspections is so important. One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from radon is just to get the inspection every year. Then, if something does come up, you can schedule radon removal to eliminate this carcinogen from your living space.
As for where radon actually comes from, it actually just rises up from the ground. The reason it is able to do this is because it is present deep within the soil, but because it is so light, it is able to rise straight up. Ordinarily, if a home or building is not present, the gas simply rises out into the atmosphere, and it really does not cause any problems whatsoever. On the other hand, when there is a building in this spot, there is no way to get all of the radon dispersed. What ends up happening, instead, is that it accumulates inside the home, particularly in the basement or ground floor. This causes an intense buildup of the gas, which is very dangerous. Because homes are so well insulated, the gas has a tendency to accumulate even more. In fact, this is the one situation in which poor insulation is better, since at least this dangerous gas can escape safely into the atmosphere. So, whenever you schedule an inspection with your radon abatement specialists, you need to allow them to access your basement and lower floors, since these are where the highest levels of radon are going to be. That being said, they can potentially spread elsewhere.