Midwest Environmental Consulting Services, Inc. (MEC) provides radon consulting and analysis with the utmost professionalism. Our firm is genuinely concerned about the health of your company, as radon exposure can be life-threatening. The only way to know if you have elevated levels of radon is to test for it.
Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that can be found in commercial buildings and homes across the United States. It is among the most substantial environmental contaminants. Our professionals can conduct radon surveys according to federally recognized radon-testing protocol. We will identify and work to reduce the environmental hazards associated with radon.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Radon is a gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. Radon forms naturally when uranium, thorium, or radium, (radioactive metals) breaks down in rocks, soil, and groundwater. People can be exposed to radon primarily from breathing radon in air that comes through cracks and gaps in buildings and homes. Because radon comes naturally from the earth, people are always exposed to it.”
Radon in Soil and Water
Radon occurs naturally from the radioactive decay of uranium underneath the earth’s surface. For this reason, significant concentrations of radon may be found in tunnels, power stations, caves, and mines. Workers are exposed to radon in several occupations.
It rises through the soil and seeps through cracks, holes, and drain pipes in the foundation or basement level of your property. Radon from soil can get into any building. While it is usually found in igneous rock and soil, well water may also be the source of radon. Radon gas can dissolve and accumulate in groundwater.
All samples are examined by a licensed analyst from an independent third-party laboratory which is accredited by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and takes part in the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP).
When radon is breathed in, radioactive particles from radon gas get trapped in the lungs. Over time, these radioactive particles increase the risk of lung cancer. It may take years before health problems appear.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found direct evidence linking radon to lung cancer. According to the EPA, “exposure to radon causes lung cancer in non-smokers and smokers alike,” although people who smoke and are exposed to radon are at greater risk of developing lung cancer. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall.