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.
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 know unbiased results and also, you don’t have to worry that the 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.
You must know that radon is a result of such naturally occurring radioactive gas that is being released in the water, the rock and the soil and this is due to the natural decay of uranium. This would move through the ground and into the home through the fissures and cracks in the foundation of your home. This can also be found in the well water which would release the radon through water when you shower or when you use water for 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 actually differ from one house to the other and there are various factors to such. 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.
Keep in mind that radon is actually found in the whole country in all 50 states of US. There is no certain type of home which is more or less likely to have such high levels of radon.