Frequently asked questions about radon
You often hear about radon in the news. You may also hear it
mentioned in conversation but people seem to have questions rather than
answers concerning it. Here we try to address some of the most common
question. If we have not addressed you specific questions, just
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What is radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas.
Where does radon gas come from?
Radon gas is produced by the natural breakdown of
uranium in soil, water and rock.
How does radon enter the house?
Radon can enter the house in several different ways.
The most common way is through soil gases that seep up through
openings into the house. The soil gases will travel the path of least
resistance. In this case they will take advantage of the pressure
difference between the foundation and the earth's soil pressure. The
gases move as if they were being pulled by a vacuum. Radon can also
appear in building materials and well water, but is rare in this
part of the country.
How do I know if I have radon?
Though maps exist showing concentrations across North Carolina, the
only way to determine the levels of radon in your home is to have a test
How do I go about testing?
There are two effective types of tests, short term
(90 days or less), or long term test (longer than 90 days.) Check out our
section on testing
for more information.
My home is 2 years old, could I have radon?
Absolutely. Radon is present in all houses, no matter the
age, size, or construction style.