4 Reasons You Need to Check Your Home for Radon

One of the options available to homebuyers is Radon testing. Unfortunately, many people forgo Radon testing to save money. This decision can have devastating consequences should Radon gas be present in the home.

Radon is a radioactive gas that forms when uranium breaks down in the soil. It can leak into a home through cracks in the foundation. It accumulates on the lower levels of the home, causing health issues with extended exposure.

Now that you know what Radon is, here’s why you need to have your home tested for it A.S.A.P.

You Can’t Detect It on Your Own

Because Radon is colorless and odorless, you won’t even know it’s in your home. Even when the radiation begins to affect you, you won’t associate the symptoms with Radon gas in your home. The only way to find out if the gas is present in your home is to have it tested.

Exposure to Radon can be Deadly

Long-term exposure to Radon can have devastating effects on your health. It is one of the leading causes of lung cancer – second only to smoking. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) attributes 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year to Radon poisoning.

No Two Homes Are Alike

When it comes to the presence of Radon gas, no home is safe, and no two houses are alike. For example, two homes that are similar in construction and situated next door to each other can have very different levels of Radon.

It’s possible to try to keep Radon from entering your home with a Radon mitigation system, but there’s no way to know for sure if the system works or not without having a professional air test conducted periodically.

No Home is Exempt

There is a common misconception that homes built on slabs are not susceptible to Radon gas. The reality is, no home is exempt from Radon. Radon can seep through the foundation on any home and accumulate in the lower levels of the home regardless of whether the home has a basement or not.

Radon poisoning is a problem that more homeowners need to take seriously. Professional air tests need to be conducted regularly to ensure Radon hasn’t entered your home. We hope you take the information above to heart and begin having your home – whether it’s brand new or 100 years old – tested for Radon A.S.A.P.