Are you aware that January is known as 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. 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 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. Depending on the state where you are, some government agencies can provide discounted or free radon test kit and there are some states which can also have a list of those contractors that you may call to have 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 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. The radon is found everywhere so the US Environmental Protection Agency has such 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.
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.