Do you have an idea that January is actually the National Radon Action Month? You should know that radon is a gas that is colorless and tasteless which is the second leading cause of cancer in the lungs. Moreover, you have to be aware that this is actually the leading cause of lung cancer among those who don’t smoke.
These facts do highlight why it is quite important that you often test the house for radon. You can purchase the radon test kit on your own but when you are going to buy or sell the house, you must take into account a professional to come in and do the radon testing for you. With this, you can surely obtain results which are unbiased and you don’t need to worry as well that results were skewed. If you would do the test all by yourself, there are two types which you can opt for and they are the short-term and long-term. Actually, you may look for the radon testing kit at such home improvement stores, the internet or from the state government. Depending on the state which you are in, some of the government agencies will offer free or a discounted radon test kit and there are also some states that can have a list of contractors which you can also contact to get a professional radon testing.
You must know that radon is a result of such naturally occurring radioactive gas that is being released in the water, the rock and the soil and this is due to the natural decay of uranium. This would move through the ground and into the home through the fissures and cracks in the foundation of your home. This may also be found in the well water that releases the radon through water if you are going to shower or if you would make use of water for other reasons.
If the house of your neighbor got tested for radon and comes with low levels of this gas, then such won’t mean that your house will have low levels too. The radon levels would vary from one house to the other and there are many factors that would go into how much or the level radon in your home. Radon is everywhere so the environmental protection agency has that action point of 4 pCi/L. When you discover that your home has a radon level which is at that point or a lot higher, then you must look into getting a radon mitigation system.
Keep in mind that radon is actually found in the whole country in all 50 states of US. There is no certain kind of home which is less likely to have such high levels of radon.