Are you aware that January is known as the National Radon Action Month? You must know that radon is one tasteless and colorless gas which is the second leading cause of lung cancer after the cigarette smoke. Moreover, you have to be aware that this is actually the leading cause of lung cancer among those who don’t smoke.
Such facts highlight why you should test your home for radon. You can purchase the radon test kit and do radon testing all by yourself but when buying or selling the home, you must make sure that you get a professional to take care of this. With this, you can surely obtain results which are unbiased and you don’t need to worry as well that results were skewed. When you are going to perform the test on your own, there are actually two types that you can go for and they are the long-term and the short-term. You can find that good radon testing kit at the home improvement stores, the internet or through the state government. There are those government agencies in some states that offer a free or affordable radon test kit and some states would also have a list of contractors that you may call for in case you need radon testing for your home.
You must know that radon is a result of such naturally occurring radioactive gas that is being released in the water, the rock and the soil and this is due to the natural decay of uranium. This would move through the ground and into the home through the fissures and cracks in the foundation of your home. This may also be found in the well water that releases the radon through water if you are going to shower or if you would make use of water for other reasons.
If the house of your neighbor got tested for radon and comes with low levels of this gas, then such won’t mean that your house will have low levels too. The radon levels would vary from one house to the other and there are many factors that would go into how much or the level radon in your home. Radon is everywhere so the environmental protection agency has that action point of 4 pCi/L. If you have found that your house has a radon level that is at such point or much higher, then you should have the radon mitigation system.
Keep in mind that radon is actually found in the whole country in all 50 states of US. No particular type of home would less likely have high levels of radon.