When radioactive elements decompose underground, radon forms as a byproduct. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, and invisible gas that can be found in air, soil, and water. In this article, we look at the dangers of radon in the home.

What is Radon?

Radon is harmless in the air outdoors since it doesn’t build to unhealthy concentrations. It becomes a danger and unhealthy to breathe when it accumulates inside of a building to levels of 4 pCi/L or higher. This most often happens inside houses that are well-sealed for energy efficiency.

Radon in the Home

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the average concentration of radon in the home in the USA is around 1.3 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). If the levels in a home reach 4.0 pCi/L or higher, then it’s important to reduce the gas to protect your family’s health.

Radon Testing

One out of every 15 homes in the United States is subject to elevated radon levels. Unless a home is tested, there is no way to know whether your home is affected. A professional radon test will reveal whether your home has dangerous radon gas levels.

20,000 deaths are blamed on radon annually, making it the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Because of this risk, the EPA recommends that homeowners hire a professional radon contractor.

Reducing Radon in the Home

If your inspector’s test shows that your home has dangerous levels of radon, you can take measures to fix this by installing a radon mitigation system. Homeowners should know about the dangers of radon so they can take the necessary measures to improve home safety.

While you may be tempted to use a DIY radon test kit to save money, it is better to hire a professional. It is common for DIY tests to be set up incorrectly or misinterpreted. With an issue as serious as your family’s health, you don’t want to make a mistake. Hire a trained professional who is certified in radon testing to perform the test and interpret the test results.

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