What is Radon and how does it hurt me?
When Radon, a radioactive gas, is produced, it rises through the dense soil and collects to enter our homes.
Radon is an inert gas which means that the outer orbital of the Radon atom has a full compliment of electrons and the atom does not have a charge (unequal numbers of negative electrons to the number of positive protons in the same atom) which makes it non-reactive with other elements.
This allows radon to flow through most mediums without bonding or being attracted to other atoms.
It flows unencumbered through soil and rock to enter cracks in our floors and walls.
A characteristic of a radioactive atom is that the unstable nucleus releases subatomic particles in the form of radiation: Alpha, Beta, and/or Gamma.
With Radon, the dangerous one is the Alpha radiation.
When the Alpha particle leaves the nucleus a new element is formed thus starting the decay process of Radon to the longer term stable element of Lead 210.
Along this decay process two decay products are produced called Polonium 214 and Polonium 218 that are very dangerous.
Unlike Radon, these elements are not inert. They have voids in their outer orbital and carry a charge. Such atoms are called free radicals.
If chromosome damage occurs, this abnormal cell can form cancer.
Among the many genes in our chromosomes is the suicide gene, P53.
This gene will cause a damaged cell to die preventing abnormal growth.
This is a very rare series of events.
This is why the more concentrated the Radon; the greater the number of hits; the higher the probability that cancer can form.
A comparison has been made between the damage of lung tissue by cigarettes to exposure to Radon.
If the exposure levels of Radon are at 11 pCi/L for 8 hours, the damage done is equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes.
Radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers and second only to cigarettes for smokers.
In fact, Radon and cigarette smoke work synergistically increasing your chances of getting lung cancer ten fold.
As you can see, Gregory, American Scientific & Environmental Consulting’s owner, thoroughly enjoys this line of work! This job entailed digging a trench eight feet down and three feet wide so we could get under the footer wall. The floors inside the home had radiant heat, so we had to dig down so we could get a suction point underneath the foundation wall. We also insulated all of the piping used on this home so it won’t freeze.
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