Did you know January is National Radon Awareness Month? Radon is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that after cigarette smoke is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the number one leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.
Some facts right there illustrate why it’s so critical that you check the house regularly for radon. You can purchase test kits at home to do it by yourself, but if you buy or sell a property, you would consider having a specialist come in and do the radon tests for you. That way, you know the results are unbiased and impartial and there’s no need to worry about the skewed outcomes. If you do a test on your own, you have to choose between two types: short-term and long-term. A radon test kit can be found at home improvement stores, online, or through your state government. Depending on the state in which you stay, some government agencies will have free or discounted Radon test kits available and some states will even have a directory of companies you can call to have qualified radon tests done.
Radon is caused by natural nuclear radiation that is emitted into atmosphere, rock and soil owing to uranium’s natural decay. It moves through the ground through cracks and fissures in the foundation of your home and into your home. It can also be found in well water, which releases radon through the water when you shower or otherwise use water.
If your neighbor’s house has been tested for radon and returned with low gas levels, that doesn’t mean you can assume your house will also have low levels. The levels of radon vary from house to house and there are several factors that go into how much radon is in your house. Radon is found everywhere so the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has 4 pCi / L of action point. If you find your house at that point has a radon level or higher, you need to look into having a radon mitigation system installed.
The Radon is present in all 50 states throughout the world. There is no particular type of home with a greater or lesser probability of having high radon levels. Also, this shows why it is so crucial to regularly test your home for radon and to make sure that as part of the home inspection process the house you are talking of purchasing is screened for radon.