When you think of your home, you think of a safe place. But even as you try to protect yourself, many homes are susceptible to a silent danger: radon. Radon is a radioactive gas that’s naturally occurring and can’t be seen or smelled.
You may not know it, but radon can be very hazardous to your health. It’s the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. In fact, lung cancer deaths can be reduced by as much as 4% — about 5,000 deaths — just by lowering radon levels in homes, according to scientists.
So what can you do to combat a radon problem? The best thing to do for radon gas testing is to get a radon testing kit. If you’ve got a major problem, a local radon testing company should be contacted, but radon testing kits can be effective for initial testing.
Kits for radon gas testing come in two forms — short-term and long-term. Short-term kits test between two and 90 days and long-term kits test longer than 90 days.
If you’re doing residential radon testing, find a low spot in your home such as your basement to put your test kit. As you do radon gas testing, you should know that radon doesn’t have a “safe” number. If your test kit shows a level of four or higher, you need to contact a radon mitigation company right away.
Lowering radon levels in any home requires specific knowledge and skills of a radon mitigation contractor. But not all homes are the same, so not all radon levels are the same. Whatever style of home you have as well as several other factors will determine how a contractor takes action to lower the radon levels.
In some cases, a contractor will install a radon mitigation system, which must be maintained. To keep radon at acceptable levels in your home, check the system’s manometer on occasion and have residential radon gas testing done every couple of years just to be safe.
With anything related to radon, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. By getting testing kits and staying on top of testing, you’ll be able to keep your home safe and healthy for you and your family.
If you need a radon mitigation specialist, contact the staff at Affordable Radon Services, LLC. They can protect your home against radon and help determine your radon abatement needs. They offer many helpful services including radon abatement and mitigation, radon gas testing services, vapor barrier crawl space sealing, sump pump installation, and excavation, helping to keep you safe in your home.