Radon is a serious concern. If you’re a homeowner, educate yourself about this gas and the risks of exposure. January is National Radon Action Month, so learn about radon in the home.
What is Radon & Why is it Dangerous?
Radon gas is colorless, odorless, and impossible to detect without a test. It’s second only to smoking as the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Over 20,000 Americans die from radon-related lung cancer every year.
If you understand that your home has a radon problem, you can reduce the levels of radon gas in your living spaces.
How Does Radon Become a Threat Inside Your House?
Radon exists in soil, bedrock, and water across the country. It accumulates naturally as radioactive materials, like uranium, break down and decay. The gas can seep up through the soil and enter your home via cracks and gaps in your foundation and through spaces around pipes.
Most people are exposed to radon during their day-to-day lives. Office buildings and schools are susceptible to radon in the same way a house is. Usually, radon levels are low enough that health problems are not a concern, but you won’t know without a test.
Test for Radon in the Home
Don’t assume radon levels are safe inside your house. A test is the only way to find out the levels. While do-it-yourself tests are available, the best option is to find a professional to conduct the testing for you. A trained professional will provide a more accurate reading by eliminating user-error.
What is the Solution for High Levels of Radon in the Home?
If your radon test shows levels of 4 pCi/L or higher, hire a professional to design a mitigation system for your home. The system will use a venting process to reduce the amounts of the gas indoors.
A mitigation expert will also seal radon’s entry points. They fix the cracks and gaps in the walls and foundation to block radon from entering the home. After mitigation, it is still necessary to test periodically for radon.