Do you have an idea that January is actually the National Radon Action Month? You must be aware that after cigarette smoke as the leading cause of lung cancer, radon is next and this is one tasteless and odorless gas. For the non-smokers, such is the number one leading cause of lung cancer actually.
These facts do highlight why it is quite important that you often test the house 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. 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 may find a radon testing kit at those home improvement stores, online or perhaps through the state government. Depending on the state which you are in, some of the government agencies will offer free or a discounted radon test kit and there are also some states that can have a list of contractors which you can also contact to get a professional radon testing.
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. This would move through the ground and also into the home through the fissures and cracks in the foundation of your home. 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 your neighbor’s house has been tested for radon and the property has low levels of this gas, such won’t actually suggest that your home will have low levels of radon 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. You should know that radon is actually everywhere and the action point is 4 pCi/L accoding to the US EPA. 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.
Always remember that radon is actually found in the whole country. There is no certain type of home which is more or less likely to have such high levels of radon.