Radon is an odorless, tasteless gas that forms underground naturally. Under normal circumstances outdoors, radon disperses and is virtually harmless. It is generally not a problem unless it is in high concentrations indoors. Unfortunately, radon can build up in your home, causing it to reach unsafe levels that can harm your family’s health. January is National Radon Action Month, so read on to learn why you should get your home tested for radon.
Why Is Radon Dangerous?
Radon comes in second after cigarette smoke in causing lung cancer. It is estimated that over 20,000 deaths from radon-related cancers happen in the United States alone every year. Fortunately, there are ways to find out if your home has too much radon so you can have this dangerous gas removed.
Get Your Home Tested for Radon
Radon might not be first on your list of things to check in your home, but it should be. A certified professional will test your home for radon and is trained to interpret the results. This is a better option than attempting the test on your own. The equipment used by a professional is superior to any cheap DIY kit you can buy yourself. A professional will also provide more accurate results and give you information about your options following the test.
There are many different methods for radon remediation. Here are just a few ways that a radon mitigation company may treat your home:
• Crawlspace. If your crawlspace is not sealed, radon gas can seep inside. A thick plastic layer on the crawlspace floor can help block radon from seeping into your home. This will also help protect your home from other issues like moisture and rodents.
• Vent pipes redirect radon away from the home before it has the chance to enter.
• Fans may be helpful when lowering the level of radon in the indoor air.
• Sealing of pipes. Some of the pipes in your home may need to be sealed around the openings where radon can get inside
If you want a safe and healthy home, consider getting a radon test done today. If high levels of 4 pCi/L or higher are found, ask your radon tester to recommend a reputable radon mitigation company to lower the levels of radon in your home.
Blackbird Home Inspections serves Central Arkansas with radon testing and home inspection services. Contact us to book an appointment.