Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally. When radioactive elements in the ground break down, they release radon into the surrounding soil, which eventually rises and releases into the air. If this occurs underneath your home, radon gas can seep in through cracks or gaps in the foundation and begin to build up inside the lower floors of the property.
Radon is carcinogenic, and is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers in the United States. If you allow radon to build up in your home with no mitigation system installed, you may put your family at increased risk to their health.
Radon levels can vary greatly throughout New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. Although levels are generally lower in the Southwest, each of these states have a potential for moderate or high levels of radon, so homeowners in this region should have their property tested for radon.