Why it is important to test for radon in your home

By: Michelle Langowski
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - A natural substance found in the earth below your home could be putting you in danger everyday.

You can't see it, taste it, or even smell it...but radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US, and your home could be harboring dangerously high levels right under your feet.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas produced under the earth...and as the pressure builds, it will push through the soil and through whatever lies above it...including your home.

'It is all around us to some degree at low levels, but when you put a house or building up, the gas can seep in through the foundation and become trapped so to speak in the house," says DSHS Environmental Specialist Kay Soper.

Owner of Radon Technology, Bill Dodgin goes into homes, tests radon levels and works to bring them to a safe level. To remove the gas, they go into the lowest part of the home and run a pipe up through the roof.

Dodgin says, "we just vacuum that radon from under the floor and take it out to the atmosphere so it doesn't come into the home and we breathe in our air because its the second leading cause of lung cancer."

The removal of the dangerous gas is simple once it is detected, the problem lies in encouraging Texans to test their homes.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is offering free kits so Texans can test radon levels in their homes.