Why Worry About Radon?
Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer, claiming more than 20,000 lives each year. You cannot see or smell radon, but the naturally-occurring gas is present just about everywhere. Produced from decaying radioactive elements found in the earth’s soil, radon becomes dangerous when it is trapped inside of a building, causing the inhabitants to breathe it in. No matter where you live, the size of your home, the age of the home, or other factors, the risk of radon is a threat you should take seriously.
Radon testing is important to ensure that high radon levels are not a concern to your family. There are measures that you can take to reduce radon in the home, but without the knowledge of a problem, you cannot take the right steps to complete the mitigation process. In this article, we have explained the risk of radon in your home and what to do about it.
How to Tell if the Risk of Radon is Affecting Your Home
Although every home in the U.S. is at risk for radon, certain circumstances increase those risks and cause even more danger to an individual. Your physical location is one of the biggest factors for radon presence in the house. Radon is in greater concentration in some areas of the U.S. than others. The amount of uranium that is found in the soil underneath the building is one of the biggest risk factors. If there are cracks in the foundation or walls of the building, gaps in the floor or holes in the plumbing system, it also increases the risk of radon exposure since it provides an entrance point. Poorly ventilated homes are also at an increased risk. The basement is one of the most common rooms in the home for radon.
What To Do if High Levels of Radon are Detected
The American Lung Association, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the American Cancer Society all recommend regular radon testing. Professional radon testing is an affordable way to keep your home and those who you love safely protected from this harmful gas. Call in a home inspector for professional radon testing to learn if the risk of radon is a threat in your home. If unsafe levels of radon are detected, luckily there is a solution. You can hire a radon mitigation company to install a system that will lower the levels of radon inside. Once the mitigation process is complete, you should still have your home tested regularly for radon to monitor the levels.
Colorado is known for having high levels of radon in homes. If you live in the Greater Denver area and need your home tested for radon, contact Blackstone Home Inspections. We use a 48-hour continuous radon monitor for maximum accuracy. Contact us to schedule a radon test or any of our other inspection services.