Radon is a radioactive element under the noble gases on the periodic table. It is produced naturally, by the decaying of uranium and radium. Because it is a God made substance, you can find it anywhere in the world, and any building has the potential for elevated levels of radon. The more uranium found in the soil, the higher the potential for elevated radon levels within a building constructed above this soil. It is not a question of, “Is there radon?” but rather, “How much radon is there?”
It is odorless, colorless and tasteless, giving no sensory warning that you are being exposed to it. Radon is an inert gas, which means that it does not react or combine with the elements in the ground. Because of this, radon gas can move up through the soil into the atmosphere, where it is easily diluted and presents little concern. However, when it enters a building constructed on top of this soil, it can build up and become a health concern by increasing the inhabitant’s likelihood of developing lung cancer.
**Radon comes from natural deposits of uranium in the soil. It is not because of a manmade landfill or other suspicious sources. **