Why Testing Your Home For Radon Could Save Your Life
Did you know that about 1 in 15 homes in America has dangerous radon levels? That is a staggering number. Did you know that Radon can cause lung cancer? Yep, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Another staggering number for something that can be so easily tested for. So keep reading to learn more about how testing for radon could save your life.
Radon is sneaky – it is an odorless, colorless gas that occurs naturally when uranium in the soil decays. But there are things you can do to protect you and your family from elevated radon levels.
? Testing. This is the best way to detect elevated radon levels. All buildings regardless of the type should be tested for radon. All buildings – not just buildings with basements. This should include high rises as well. You can purchase an affordable do it yourself radon testing kits at any home improvement store or online. Additionally, you can hire a professional to do the job for you if you prefer.
? If you find radon, fix it immediately. This means if your testing determines that you have radon levels at or above 4 picocuries per Liter (pCi/L) you need to take action immediately. Call a qualified radon reduction contractor to get it fixed asap!
? Being aware can save your life. There are 21,999 people who die in this country each year from radon related lung cancer. However, this can be prevented by monitoring and testing often.
? If you would like to learn more about testing for radon, finding a qualified radon specialist or to obtain a radon testing kit, you can call your states radon office or go to the EPA’s radon website at www.epa.gov/radon/. You can also call 1-800-SOS-RADON for assistance.
I hope you have found this information helpful. If you have found elevated levels of radon in your home and are no longer comfortable living there, call your realtor and explain the situation and they will be able to assist you in correcting the problem so that you can sell your home and get you moved into a new one.
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