History Of Radon
Radon is an odorless and tasteless gas. Radon is a Class A carcinogen, is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon comes from the radioactive breakdown of naturally occurring radium found in most Florida soils. As a gas in the soil, it enters buildings through small openings in the foundation. Since the building can hold the radon similarly to smoke trapped under a glass, indoor radon concentrations can increase to many times that of outdoor levels.
Radon is a chemical element with symbol Rn and atomic number 86. It is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas, occurring naturally as an indirect decay product of uranium or thorium. Its most stable isotope has a half-life of 3.8 days. Radon is formed as one intermediate step in the normal radioactive decay chains through which thorium and uranium slowly decay into lead. Thorium and uranium are the two most common radioactive elements on earth; they have been around since the earth was formed. As radon itself decays, it produces new radioactive elements called decay products. Unlike the gaseous radon itself, the products are solids and stick to surfaces, such as dust particles in the air. If such contaminated dust is inhaled, these particles can stick to the airways of the lung and increase the risk of developing lung cancer. Unlike all the other intermediate elements in the aforementioned decay chains, radon is gaseous and easily inhaled. Thus, even in this age of nuclear reactors, naturally-occurring radon is responsible for the majority of the public exposure to ionizing radiation. Despite its short lifetime, some radon gas from natural sources can accumulate to far higher than normal concentrations in buildings, especially in low areas such as basements and crawl spaces due to its heavy nature. It can also be found in well and spring waters.
We use various types of radon test kits and monitoring machines depending upon the test site. For a Buyer or seller inspection the process can be very economical. We also can monitor radon levels for commercial properties too. An initial radon test takes approximately 48-72 hours. All results are emailed to us. From there we will review the results with the Radon Specialist and then prepare your report and deliver the report electronically. We can perform quickly the Radon test in Lakeland, Tampa, Clearwater and Brooksville, Florida within a day or so from the initial call. Call us to find out more. For more information about Radon and The Florida Department of Health, click on the link below.
Radon Monitoring & Testing