Maybe you are not aware 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 obtain at home test kits for a DIY radon testing. On the flipside, if you are purchasing or selling a house, it is recommendable that you contact a professional to inspect the house and tackle the radon testing for you. If you do this, it guarantees that the outcome will be unbiased and impartial and you can trust that the results have not tampered.
If you decide to do a test on your own, there are two kinds that you can select which are 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 results from naturally occurring radioactive gas that is released in water, rock, and soil due to the natural decay of uranium.
Radon finds its way into the house through cracks and fissures present in your house’s foundation. You can also find it in well water that emits radon through the water when you have a shower or when using water for other purposes. 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 not the same in all houses, and this is affected by many issues that are the determinants of the amount of radon found in the house.
Radon is present everywhere, therefore, 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 detectable around the country in all the 50 states. No particular kind of house has lesser or more likelihood of having 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.