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|How Does Radon Get Into Your Home?
Any home may have a radon problem.
Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up
through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps
radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and
drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
Radon from soil gas is the main cause of radon problems. Sometimes
radon enters the home through well water. In a small number of homes,
the building materials can give off radon, too. However, building
materials rarely cause radon problems by themselves.
RADON GETS IN THROUGH:
1. Cracks in solid floors
2. Construction joints
3. Cracks in walls
4. Gaps in suspended floors
5. Gaps around service pipes
6. Cavities inside walls
7. The water supply
Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Elevated levels of radon gas have
been found in homes in Illinois. While radon problems may be more common in some areas, any home may have a problem.
The only way to know about your home is to test for it.