Test Your Home for Radon for a Healthier Home
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is formed in soil and rocks and rises up through the surface of the ground. You cannot smell, see, or taste the gas, but it is everywhere. Radon only becomes dangerous for people to breathe when it becomes trapped in confined indoor spaces, like a house. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other authorities advise that you should test your home for radon. However, not all people consider radon testing to be a worthwhile investment. If the current research about radon has not convinced you to test your home for radon exposure, perhaps this article will.
1. Over 8 Million Homes Have Elevated Radon Levels
Without talking about institutions such as schools and workplaces, at least 20 percent of Americans reside in homes that have over 4pCi/L of radon, which is the EPA’s action level. The odds of you being exposed to this gas in your own home are high. Homes aside, one in every five schools is sitting on a source of radioactive uranium, which releases radon as a byproduct. Among the 8 million homes, would you assume you are lucky enough not to need testing?
2. The Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer
Over 20,000 people die annually from radon-related lung cancer. Staying in a home, school, or workplace that has elevated levels of radon increases your chances of contracting this dangerous disease. If you smoke, you compound your chances of getting lung cancer. Test your home if you want to be sure that you don’t live with unsafe levels of radon.
3. There Is No Safe Place or Zone
EPA has a map of zones based on the history of elevated radon levels. However, that map is not a conclusive indicator. Being in a lower level zone does not mean that your home is safe. Having neighbors with safe levels also does not guarantee safety from the radioactive gas. The school your children attend, the place you work, and your home are all at risk. Since your home is the one place you can control, it should be tested so you can start radon mitigation if necessary.
4. Modern Homes Are Also At Risk
Once you get a newly built home, you expect to be safe. However, that is not the case when it comes to radon exposure. Airtight and energy efficient homes can suck radon from the ground. Because they are sealed such that external air cannot get in, any pressure changes that create temporary vacuums can suck radon through cracks, sheetrock, and even concrete. Because of this, whether you’re in a new home or an old one, you should test your home for radon exposure.
Find a Professional Radon Tester
Professional radon testers have radon testing equipment that gives more accurate results than a cheap DIY test kit. If you are serious about having a healthy home, do it right and hire a professional. If unsafe levels are discovered, the inspector can recommend a radon mitigation company.