Radon testing is an important part of getting your home inspected by professionals. The colorless gas increases the risk of cancer and can prove to be very dangerous for your family.
Around 21,000 deaths take place in the US as a result of radon exposure, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Smoking may be the primary cause of lung cancer in the country; however, the deaths caused by radon could have easily been avoided if homeowners regularly performed checks.
What is Radon?
Radon is a gas that can be found in the outdoors. The gas isn’t harmful when outside, but it can be dangerous when found inside. It’s made from the breakdown of rocks and uranium in the soil. It’s most commonly found in homes that were built directly on soil containing deposits of natural uranium.
The gas can seep through the cracks in the walls and floors, gaps in the foundations, construction joints, pumps, and wires. Crawl spaces and basements usually contain the highest amounts of radon.
When you breathe in radon, it goes to your lungs and exposes them to radiation. As a result, the lining of the cells in the lungs gets damaged and increases your chances of developing lung cancer.
Testing for Radon
Radon is colorless and odorless, making it difficult to detect. The only way to know whether it’s present in your home is to test for it. The EPA has released A Citizen’s Guide to Radon which homeowners can use to determine whether or not they have high levels of radon in their houses.
Even after following the guide, many homeowners can’t tell if the levels of radon in their home are too high—this is where professional homeowners come in handy. Home inspectors know how to test for radon and other harmful chemicals that may be present in your house. They already have the kits needed for testing so homeowners don’t have to purchase them.
What Can You Do to Fix High Levels of Radon in Your House?
To reduce the amount of radon built up in your home, you have the option of installing a fan along with a vent pipe system. This will pull the radon built up below the house and blow it out through vents.
If you’re struggling to test for radon correctly, get in touch with a home inspector near you.
Accurate Inspections can test your home for radon so you can take the necessary steps to protect your family.
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