What is Radon?

What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. It forms from the decay (break down) of the radioactive element, uranium, which is found in soil and rock, right here in Arizona. As uranium in our soil decays and generates radon gas, it moves through the soil and enter our homes through cracks and openings in the foundation into the air we breathe.

The amount of radon in the soil depends on soil chemistry, which varies from one house to the next. Radon levels in the soil range from a few hundred to several thousands of pCi/L (picocuries per liter) in air. The amount of radon that escapes from the soil to enter the house depends on the weather, soil porosity, soil moisture, and the suction within the house.
Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure. Radon can have a big impact on indoor air quality.

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Arizona and Radon Gas

Radon presence in Arizona is more severe than you might expect.

Arizona has been tracking radon test results since 1993, and based on these results:  

  • The average concentration of radon in homes in Arizona is 2.9 pCi/L
  • 1 in 4 homes in the state of Arizona are above the EPA recommended 4.0 pCi/L
  • The maximum concentration of radon found in a home in Arizona is 55.8 pCi/L
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