Do you have an idea that January is actually 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. 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 may buy such radon test kit but if you are going to sell or buy a home, then you should make sure that you get a professional who can perform such radon testing. 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. You may find a radon testing kit at those home improvement stores, online or perhaps through 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 also 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. You should know that the radon levels would actually differ from home to home and there are actually several factors that would determine the level of radon that you have in your house. You should know that radon is actually everywhere and the action point is 4 pCi/L accoding to the US EPA. If you have found that your house has a radon level that is at such point or much higher, then you should have the radon mitigation system.
Keep in mind that radon is actually found in the whole country in all 50 states of US. No particular type of home would less likely have high levels of radon.