Do you have an idea that January is actually the National Radon Action Month? You should know that radon is a gas that is colorless and tasteless which is the second leading cause of cancer in the lungs. Also, you must know that this is actually the number one leading cause of lung cancer with the non-smokers.
Such facts highlight why you should test your home for radon. You may buy such radon test kit but if you are going to sell or buy a home, then you should make sure that you get a professional who can perform such radon testing. Through this, you will be able to get results that are not biased and there is no need to worry that results got 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. Actually, you may look for the radon testing kit at such home improvement stores, the internet or from 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.
Know that radon resulted from the naturally occurring radioactive gas which is released in the water, the soil and rock and this is thanks to the natural decay of the uranium. Such moves through the ground and into the home by fissures and cracks in the home’s foundation. This may also be found in well water that would release the radon through the water if you are showering or making use of water for the other purposes.
When the house of your neighbor has been tested for radon and had low levels of such gas, then such doesn’t mean that you can also assume 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. When you discover that your home has a radon level which is at that point or a lot higher, then you must look into getting a radon mitigation system.
Always remember that radon is actually found in the whole country. There is no certain kind of home which is less likely to have such high levels of radon.