"You can't see radon and you can't smell it or taste it, but it may be a problem in your home"
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that is produced during the breakdown of uranium. What in the world does uranium have to do with your home?
That is a quote from the US EPA
Most people are not aware that uranium is present in the soil everywhere. They are surprised to find that is in the soil anywhere they go. The only variable is how much is present. In some areas it is more of a problem than others.
What is the problem with radon?
As radon breaks down in your lungs, it gives off alpha particles which can damage the tissues. In fact radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It is estimated that radon causes 21,000 cancer deaths each year in the US.
Is radon a problem here?
It is estimated that nationally, 1 out of every 15 homes has and elevated level of radon. The Florida Departmet of Health estimates that, based on data collected, "1 in 5 Florida residences has elevated radon levels". (See http://www.floridahealth.gov/healthy-environments/radon/)
There has been enough radon discovered in this area that schools and certain other buildings in Seminole county are required to test for radon. In several cases, the schools have been shown to have an elevated level of radon.
So how do you know if it is a problem for your home? There is only one way, you have to have your home tested. One home may have a high level of radon while the one next door does not. It is so common that the EPA and the Surgeon General recommend that every home be tested.*
Your home should be a safe place for you and your family. Make sure it is not causing them health problems by having your home tested.
*From the EPA publication "A Citizen's Guide to Radon"