Why Get A Radon Test For Your Home?
Did you know that January is National Radon Action Month? Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer among the non- smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer among the 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. The reason why a professional should be hired is so as to make sure the results presented are genuine and not skewed as they will be impartial. There are generally two types of tests to be selected from if an individual decides to carry out the test by themselves. You can find a radon testing kit at home improvement stores, online or through your state government. some goverments may provide these radon testing kits at discounted prices or if they do not offer this, they may go ahead and provide a list of contractors that offer this test to you at a good price.
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. Radon may also be found from well water which releases the gas while using the water for various purposes around the home.
it is important to note that if your neighbors house was tested for this gas and found to be negative, it does not mean that you will assume that the same is also true for your own home 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. it is also important to note that radon is found everywhere and that is why most governments have come up with action points to ensure minimal levels of radon can be found within home. 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.
Radon is found throughout the entire country in all 50 states. There is no particular type of home that is more or less likely to have high levels of radon. Again, this illustrates why it is so important to regularly test your home for radon and to make sure the house you are thinking of buying is tested for radon as part of the home inspection process.