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. Moreover, you have to be aware that this is actually the leading cause of lung cancer among those who don’t smoke.
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. Through this, you will be able to get results that are not biased and there is no need to worry that results got skewed. If you would do the test all by yourself, there are two types which you can opt for and they are the short-term and long-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. 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.
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. You should know that radon is actually everywhere and the action point is 4 pCi/L accoding to the US EPA. 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.
You should remember that radon is found in the entire country in the 50 states. No particular type of home would less likely have high levels of radon.