Regardless of where you live, the risk of radon exposure is present in every home across America. Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that you cannot smell or taste, and you may never know that you are being exposed to it until it is too late.
Radon is found in nearly all soils, and it forms from the natural decay of uranium inside the soil. Radon gets inside the home as it is transferred through cracks, crevices, construction joints, cavities within walls, gaps and spaces, and even water supplies. It does not matter if your home is insulated or well-sealed. The age of your home is not relevant – Even newly built homes can contain radon exposure.
The EPA estimates that a staggering 1 in 15 homes across America have elevated levels of radon. To put into perspective just how dangerous radon exposure is, consider this. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. The EPA reports that radon exposure claims roughly 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. In addition, if you live in a home that has been exposed to radon, AND you smoke, your risk of lung cancer is even higher.
Before, you panic, let me assure you that there IS a way to detect if radon is entering your home, and the problem can be resolved fairly simply. You can purchase a radon testing kit, or hire a qualified tester to run the test for you. To learn more about where to purchase a radon testing kit, CLICK HERE. If you prefer to hire a qualified radon tester, visit the EPA website to find one near you.
If your home tests positive for radon, please know that there is no such thing as a safe level of radon. Even if your home tests positive for a very low level, you MUST take immediate action to resolve the problem. This is because once the radon moves inside the home, it becomes trapped and can build up to dangerous levels.
Typically, if radon is shown to be present in the home, a vent pipe system and fan will be installed, which will pull the radon from under the house and vent it outside. A state certified radon contractor can do this work for you, and they will also seal any cracks or other opening in your foundation or crawl space. The solution to your specific radon problem will depend on the circumstances surrounding it. To find a qualified state certified radon contractor in your area, visit your state radon office.
You can also purchase a radon gas detector which will alert you in the even that radon begins entering your home. To purchase a radon gas detector, CLICK HERE.
It should be noted that there are no immediate signs of radon gas poisoning. Members of your family can be infected with radon gas poisoning and you would not be aware of it until lung cancer is diagnosed. Thus, it is important to take preventative action to protect yourself, and not wait until you see physical symptoms of radon exposure, as there are none.
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