Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, and colorless gas that can seep into homes through cracks and openings in the basement or foundation. It is found in all 50 states and is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the United States. As such, a homeowner needs to know how to detect this gas and what to do if they find high levels of radon in the home.
What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas produced as a byproduct of decaying uranium in soil, rock, and water. It seeps up through the earth and can enter your home, usually on the lower levels of the building. Radon gas decays quickly, releasing small amounts of radiation as it does so. Inhaling these particles can be dangerous to your health; radon is a leading cause of lung cancer in the US.
Why is Radon Dangerous?
Radon gas is hazardous because you cannot see, smell or taste it; people will only know it is present by performing a test. High levels of radon accumulation indoors can be particularly hazardous since this increases exposure significantly. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), long-term exposure to radon causes an increased risk of developing lung cancer.
How Do You Detect Radon in the Home?
Testing for radon requires specialized equipment that measures concentrations over a certain period. Short- and long-term tests are available, with long-term tests being more accurate. The test results will confirm whether elevated radon levels are present within the home and if action is necessary to make the living spaces safer. If your test results come back with high levels detected, hire a certified professional to mitigate radiation accumulation indoors.
What to do if High Levels of Radon are In Your Home?
If testing reveals high levels of radon gas in your living spaces, it’s necessary to contact a professional. Professional radon mitigators have the knowledge and experience to design a system to remove radon gas from your home safely and efficiently.
Testing for radon is vital to keep your family safe. For the most accurate test results, hire a certified professional with experience dealing with radiation contamination issues in homes. Ensure your home is free of hazardous amounts of radiation gas. Start by ordering a radon test to learn about this potential hazard in your home.
January is Radon Awareness Month. Rhode Island Real Estate Inspection Services offers inspection services, including radon testing, in Rhode Island. Contact us to request an appointment.