Do you know that the month of January is 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. 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. You can find that good radon testing kit at the home improvement stores, the internet or through the state government. Depending on the state which you are in, some of the government agencies will offer free or a discounted radon test kit and there are also some states that can have a list of contractors which you can also contact to get a professional radon testing.
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 also 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.
If the house of your neighbor got tested for radon and comes with low levels of this gas, then such won’t mean 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. It is very important that you get the radon mitigation system when you have discovered that your house has a radon level equal or greater than this.
You should remember that radon is found in the entire country in the 50 states. There is no certain type of home which is more or less likely to have such high levels of radon.