Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is released as uranium breaks down rocks, substrate, and water. The gas often enters homes or commercial properties through cracks in the foundation and floors. Found throughout the United States, radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is highly carcinogenic, with long-term exposure posing significant health hazards, including lung cancer.
The presence of radon has increased significantly in the Southwest over the years and is a major concern for most residents and businesses. Several counties in Western and Northern Texas, particularly near the Austin area, have shown dangerously elevated levels of radon. In New Mexico, it is even more prevalent, with multiple counties from Bernalillo to Coalfax showing elevated radon levels. This also includes Santa Fe, Taos, Valencia, Sandoval, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, and more showing to be high-risk areas for radon exposure.