As homes cozy up for winter, radon levels can build


Newswise — Nov. 1, 2016 – With winter on the way, many people are making sure best practices are in place for a weather-tight season. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) November 1st Soils Matter blog post explains why “home sweet home” is worth an inexpensive radon test for peace of mind through the winter months.

Nick Comerford, a professor in the soil and water science department at University of Florida, explains how radon forms. Its parent material, uranium, is found in most soil. As uranium decays, it eventually becomes radon gas. Depending on the level, radon gas can lead to health issues, including lung cancer. The risk increases if cigarette smoke and other particles are also present.

“Radon can move as a gas through the soil and enter your house through holes in the foundation.” Comerford says. “These holes might be found in places like the shower, toilet, other drains, etc. Any dust particles you have floating around your house collect radon – which you can then inhale.”

Comerford reminds people the age of the home does not make it radon-free. “Newer homes are sealed very tightly – good for the environment. That leaves less room for radon gas to escape. And, they might also be built on very disturbed soil where uranium has been brought closer to the surface.”

Radon tests are typically available for less than $50. “Knowledge is power, so give yourself some peace of mind. Have your house tested for radon,” Comerford advises.
To read the entire blog post, visit http://soilsmatter.wordpress.com.

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, and founded in 1936, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members and 1,000+ certified professionals dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. The Society provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.

Source:  http://www.newswise.com/articles/beware-of-radon-risk

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