There are several inspections that can be done to ensure the safety of not only yourself but the ones you love as well. One of the tests that need to be done to ensure your home is safe is called a radon test. Lifeline Home Inspections is here to talk about radon and why it is so important that your home is tested for it.
What is Radon Gas?
Did you know that Radon is the leading choice in lung cancer within the U.S? It is also the leading cause of environmental mortality in the country as well. This colorless, odorless gas is not detected unless you have a radon inspection completed on your property. It can be causing damage to you and those that live in your home with you, and you would never even know it. There are suspicions that this harmful gas could be connected to other forms of cancer, but the only studies that have been done have proved it is the leading cause of lung cancer. The only thing more likely to give you lung cancer is smoking.
Energy Efficient Homes Can Increase Radon Levels
For the first time, energy efficiency could be causing something harmful. Most people are looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient. However, this energy efficiency that we are all hoping for is making our homes so airtight, that the radon gas is getting trapped inside them; when in the past it has simply made its way outside. Now, our homes are so good at keeping the cooled and heated air inside, that the radon is left inside as well which can be harmful.
Radon Levels Can Be Higher or Lower than Neighbors House
There are certain areas in the country that are known to have more radon problems than others. The government has given almost every county a rating when it comes to radon. The zones are given 1-3. If you live in a county that is zone 3, you are more likely to have a radon problem than someone that lives in zone 1. It is important to know that even if you live zone 1, your home could still face radon problems. That is just an average of the reported cases in your area. It is important to know that every home is different, and while someone in your same neighborhood may have no problems with radon, you could still have unsafe levels in your home.
If your home is inspected for radon and the test comes back saying that the levels are unsafe, you can take the appropriate steps needed to eliminate the problem. A radon mitigation system will be installed so that the radon from the ground is sucked into a vacuum and blown outside your home. There are at home kits you can use to test occasionally if your home has a radon problem to ensure your mitigation system is working properly.