Do you ever think about your home’s Radon Levels? If you answered no, you’re not alone. Many homeowners aren’t aware of what Radon is or where it comes from. January is National Radon Action Month. Here are our tips to get you thinking about your home’s Radon levels and help keep your family safe from this misunderstood, naturally occurring gas.
What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas that forms from decayed radioactive elements like uranium. To put it simply: it’s a dangerous gas that we can’t detect on our own. It’s found in soil and can enter a home through cracks in the foundation and walls. Radon levels are usually highest in basements and crawlspaces since those are closest to the soil.
Why is Radon dangerous?
According to the EPA, Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers. When Radon breaks down into solid radioactive elements, it attaches to dust and particles floating through the air, making it possible to inhale into the lungs. Because we can’t see, smell, or taste it, we’re not able to identify our home’s Radon levels unless we get them tested.
Which homes need to be tested?
No home is exempt. From mid-century to new construction, homes of all types need to be tested for Radon – it’s the only way you’ll know your Radon exposure levels. It’s important to not rely on test results from other homes in your neighborhood. Your next-door neighbor may have a completely different Radon level.
How do you test your home for Radon?
To test your home’s Radon levels, hire a professional who specializes in Radon Testing. They will use a testing device to monitor your home’s Radon levels over a period of time (typically 2-5 days). They will analyze the results and advise you if it’s necessary to take further action. Fortunately, correcting Radon levels is easy and relatively inexpensive. Plus, they’ll answer any questions you may have about Radon.
What you can do if your home tests high
If you find that your home has high levels of Radon, contact a qualified Radon mitigation contractor to install a Radon mitigation system. The mitigation system draws Radon from beneath your home and releases it to the outside with a fan. The average cost of this system ranges from $800 to $1,500.
For info, visit RadonResources.com. The National Radon Directory is the only database that consolidates state and county specific Radon information into one centralized location for the benefit of local search capabilities and national research.