Maybe you are not aware 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. 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 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 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. Also, it is found in well water that emits radon through the water when you are showering or when you use water for any other reason. 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 your house has a radon level at this point or greater, you must think of having a radon mitigation system installed. 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. Following these truths, it is necessary for you to test your home frequently, so make sure the house you have chosen to buy has Radon testing provided in the home inspection process.