You may not know that January is the national radon action month. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that is the second leading agent of lung cancer after smoking a cigarette. Also, it is the number one leading cause 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 purchase at home test kits to do this by yourself. However, when you are buying or selling a house, it is good to have a professional come by and handle the radon testing for you. When you consider this, you rest assured that the result will be true and impartial and they are the actual thing.
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. Some states have some contractors that you can contact when you need to have expert 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 vary from home to home, this is influenced by multiple factors that determine how much radon is in the house.
Radon is found everywhere; thus, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has an action point of 4pCI/L. If your house has a radon level at this point or greater, you must think of having a radon mitigation system installed. Radon is found across the country in all the 50 states. No certain types of house that is has higher or lower chances to have high levels of radon. For this reason, it is essential for you to test your home on a regular basis to make sure the house you intend to buy has Radon testing inclusive in the home inspection process.