Are you aware that January is known as the National Radon Action Month? You must be aware that after cigarette smoke as the leading cause of lung cancer, radon is next and this is one tasteless and odorless gas. For the non-smokers, such is the number one leading cause of lung cancer actually.
These facts do highlight why it is quite important that you often test the house for radon. You can purchase the radon test kit and do radon testing all by yourself but when buying or selling the home, you must make sure that you get a professional to take care of this. With this, you can surely obtain results which are unbiased and you don’t need to worry as well that results were skewed. When you are going to perform the test on your own, there are actually two types that you can go for and they are the long-term and the short-term. You can find that good radon testing kit at the home improvement stores, the internet or through the state government. Depending on the state where you are, some government agencies can provide discounted or free radon test kit and there are some states which can also have a list of those contractors that you may call to have 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 can also be found in the well water which would release the radon through water when you shower or when you use water for other purposes.
When the house of your neighbor has been tested for radon and had low levels of such gas, then such doesn’t mean that you can also assume that your house will have low levels too. The radon levels actually differ from one house to the other and there are various factors to such. The radon is found everywhere so the US Environmental Protection Agency has such action point of 4 pCi/L. It is very important that you get the radon mitigation system when you have discovered that your house has a radon level equal or greater than this.
Always remember that radon is actually found in the whole country. There is no certain kind of home which is less likely to have such high levels of radon.