You may not know that January is the national radon action month. Radon has no smell, taste, and color; it is a gas that comes second in the causes of lung cancer after smoking a cigarette. Besides this, it tops the list of the causes of lung cancer among non-smokers. These facts are the reasons why it is critical that you occasionally test your house for radon. You can buy at home test kits to do it on your own. On the other hand, when you are buying or selling a house, it is advisable to have an expert visit and do the radon testing for you. By doing this, you know that the outcome will be unbiased and impartial you will be sure that the results are not compromised.
If you intend to conduct the test yourself, there are two options that you have to choose either short-term or long-term. The radon testing kits are available at home improvement stores, online or through your state government. Depending on the state that you reside at, some state agencies have free or discounted radon testing kits available. Other states have a list of contractors that you can communicate with to have professional radon testing done. Radon is caused by naturally occurring radioactive gas that is emitted in water, rock, and soil because of the natural decay of uranium.
Radon reaches into the home through cracks and fissures that occur in your house’s foundation. It is also present in well water that releases radon through the water when you are taking a bath or when using water for other uses. If your neighbor had their house tested for Radon and it the results showed low levels of the gas, don’t just assume that your house will also have minimal levels. Radon levels are different from one home to the other, this is due to several factors that influence the quantity of radon in the house.
Radon is found everywhere; thus, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has an action point of 4pCI/L. If the home radon level is at this point or above it, you need to look into radon mitigation system installation. Radon is present all over the country in all the 50 states. No particular kind of house has lesser or more likelihood of having high levels of radon. Due to these facts, it is critical for you to test your home on from time to time thus, ensure that the house you have decided to purchase has Radon testing included in the home inspection process.