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Why Get A Radon Test For Your Home?

An interesting fact is that January is the national radon action month. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoke and the number one leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

According to the facts presented above, it is very important that you test your house for random regularly. If one intents to buy or even sell a home, it may be a good thing to call in the help of a professional to carry out the testing but if it is just a routine check, one can buy the home test kit and carry out the testing process by themselves. An expert should be hired because they are the only ones who are able to present objective results which are not skewed in any way. There are generally two types of tests to be selected from if an individual decides to carry out the test by themselves. There are various places where one can obtain a radon testing kit and this may be from the government, an online store or even from an home improvement store. some goverments may provide these radon testing kits at discounted prices or if they do not offer this, they may go ahead and provide a list of contractors that offer this test to you at a good price.

The nature of uranium is that it decays with time and as the radioactive gas is released in rocks, soil or even water, radon gas happens. It moves through the ground and into your home through cracks and fissures in your home’s foundation. It can also be found in well water, which releases radon through the water when you are showering or using water for other purposes.

One should not assume that simply because their neighbors house was tested for the gas and found to have it in low levels the same is also true for it too. Radon levels vary from house to house, and there are several factors that go into how much radon is in your house. it is also important to note that radon is found everywhere and that is why most governments have come up with action points to ensure minimal levels of radon can be found within home. There is need to have a mitigation system and process put in place if the radon level is found to be higher than what has already been stipulated.

Radon is found throughout the entire country in all 50 states. There is no particular type of home that is more or less likely to have high levels of radon. Again, this illustrates why it is so important to regularly test your home for radon and to make sure the house you are thinking of buying is tested for radon as part of the home inspection process.

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