Radon is a dangerous radioactive gas that can accumulate in many homes, seeping in through the foundation from the soil and rock below. This gas occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in the soil, and is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer. If your home has not had a radon level evaluation, or you have made repairs to your basement or foundation since the last testing was done, your health could be at risk from radon gas exposure. Radon test kits are easily available to evaluate your home, making it simple to ensure that the air you breathe is free of this health hazard.
Homeowners should not assume that their home is radon free because they are healthy and the air in the house smells fresh and clean. Contamination from radon gas is not a problem that is easily noticed. Radon gas has no odor, and is invisible to the naked eye, and health effects from radon exposure can take many years to develop. The only way the average homeowner can be assured that their home is free of hazardous radon gas levels is by using one of the variety of EPA approved radon test kits available on the market.
While there are some areas that seem to carry more risk than others for widespread radon contamination, some homes have been found to have dangerous levels nearly everywhere. In many cases, vastly different levels of radon are measured in homes that are in the same neighborhood, so homeowners should not forgo measuring with radon test kits because the house next door had a negative test result.
Radon test kits are reasonably inexpensive and easy to use, making it quite simple for even the least handy homeowner to get an accurate reading of radon levels inside the home. Insuring that your family’s health and well being is not affected by breathing this hazardous substance is well worth your time and effort.