Importance Of Radon Testing
An interesting fact is that January is the national radon action month. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoke and the number one leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
The information presented above is enough evidence to make a home owner to want to regularly carry out radon testing. One may want to just carry out the regular routine check, when this is the case, it may be good to buy a home test kit and carry out the random check themselves, however, if they either need to buy or sell a house, it would be a good thing to outsource the services of a professional. An expert should be hired because they are the only ones who are able to present objective results which are not skewed in any way. If you do a test on your own, there are two types to choose from: short-term and long-term. There are various places where one can obtain a radon testing kit and this may be from the government, an online store or even from an home improvement store. Despite the fact that this largely depends on the state that one lives in, the government may either decide to offer a list of contractors that can provide the radon test or even provide it by themselves.
The nature of uranium is that it decays with time and as the radioactive gas is released in rocks, soil or even water, radon gas happens. It moves through the ground and into your home through cracks and fissures in your home’s foundation. It can also be found in well water, which releases radon through the water when you are showering or using water for other purposes.
One should not assume that simply because their neighbors house was tested for the gas and found to have it in low levels the same is also true for it too. This is because, radon levels vary from house to house as there are many factors that go into determining how much radon there is in ones home. The minimal allowed level of radon to be found in the home is 4pCi/L since this gas is found almost everywhere in the world. There is need to have a mitigation system and process put in place if the radon level is found to be higher than what has already been stipulated.
There is no country among the 50 states that does not have radon. And by saying this, there is no particular house that is not likely to have radon. One therefore has to make sure that the house they are going to buy is tested for radon as well as the their home is regularly tested.