Do you have an idea that January is actually the National Radon Action Month? You must know that radon is one tasteless and colorless gas which is the second leading cause of lung cancer after the cigarette smoke. For the non-smokers, such is the number one leading cause of lung cancer actually.
This is the reason why you must keep in mind why you should test your home for radon. You may buy such radon test kit but if you are going to sell or buy a home, then you should make sure that you get a professional who can perform such radon testing. Through this, you will be able to get results that are not biased and there is no need to worry that results got skewed. When you are going to perform the test on your own, there are actually two types that you can go for and they are the long-term and the short-term. Actually, you may look for the radon testing kit at such home improvement stores, the internet or from the state government. Depending on the state where you are, some government agencies can provide discounted or free radon test kit and there are some states which can also have a list of those contractors that you may call to have professional radon testing.
You must know that radon is a result of such naturally occurring radioactive gas that is being released in the water, the rock and the soil and this is due to the natural decay of uranium. This would move through the ground and into the home through the fissures and cracks in the foundation of your home. This may also be found in well water that would release the radon through the water if you are showering or making use of water for the other purposes.
When your neighbor’s house has been tested for radon and the property has low levels of this gas, such won’t actually suggest that your home will have low levels of radon too. You should know that the radon levels would actually differ from home to home and there are actually several factors that would determine the level of radon that you have in your house. You should know that radon is actually everywhere and the action point is 4 pCi/L accoding to the US EPA. If you have found that your house has a radon level that is at such point or much higher, then you should have the radon mitigation system.
Keep in mind that radon is actually found in the whole country in all 50 states of US. There is no certain kind of home which is less likely to have such high levels of radon.