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. 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 on your own but when you are going to buy or sell the house, you must take into account a professional to come in and do the radon testing for you. Through this, you will be able to get results that are not biased and there is no need to worry that results got skewed. When you are going to perform the test on your own, you must know that there are two types which 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. 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 should be aware that radon is actually caused by a naturally occurring radioactive gas which is released in the water, the rock as well as the soil and such is due to the natural decay of uranium. Such moves through the ground and into the home by fissures and cracks in the home’s foundation. 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. You should know that the radon levels would actually differ from home to home and there are actually several factors that would determine the level of radon that you have in your house. 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.
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.