How does radon get into our homes?

Since radon is produced from soil, it is present nearly everywhere. Because soil is absorbent, radon gas is able to move up through the dirt and rocks, enters the home and moves freely throughout the indoor air in which we breathe. Radon may enter a home anywhere there is an opening between the home and soil. 

These openings include cracks in a foundation, floor drains, sump pumps, dirt floor crawl spaces, and numerous others. The amount of radon in the home will vary according to the amount of radon in the source material and the rate at which it is able to enter the building. The level of radon is often highest in the lowest part of a building.

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If you are interested in receiving a test kit please contact the Mille Lacs County Community and Veterans Services office at 320-983-8208.

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1. What is radon?
2. What are the health affect associated with radon?
3. Where is your greatest risk of exposure to radon?
4. Is radon a serious problem in Minnesota?
5. How does radon get into our homes?
6. How can I find out if my home has a radon problem?
7. How can I fix my home if it does have elevated levels of radon?
8. How do I choose a radon mitigation contractor and how much will it cost?
9. Where can I get a radon test kit?