January is National Radon Action Month, designated to raise awareness about this environmental threat to your home. Radon is a radioactive gas emitted after natural elements like uranium break down underground. The gas then rises through the soil and can enter your home through exterior cracks, joints, and gaps. To help you understand the risks associated with radon in the home, we have explained some facts about radon.
Radon Is A Radioactive Gas
Radon is a natural gas that features radioactive properties. It is emitted when uranium, radium, and other radioactive elements are broken down in the soil. You cannot detect radon without proper testing because it is an odorless and colorless gas.
Radon In the Home Poses a Threat To Your Health
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers and the second leading cause among tobacco smokers. Lung cancer is one of the most deadly cancers and it is estimated that 21,000 deaths per year can be attributed to radon. The longer you are exposed to high levels of radon, the greater your chances of getting ill.
Different Areas Have Varying Levels
Some regions of the country are known to have higher radon levels than others. But interestingly, two neighboring houses may be tested for radon and have different levels. A home in an area known to have high levels could have safe levels, and a home in an area with low levels could have unsafe amounts of radon inside. There are so many factors at play that every house should be tested no matter where it is located.
Radon Mitigation is Important
If your radon test results show that you have radon in the home at 4 pCi/L or higher, the EPA says you should seek radon mitigation. A radon mitigation company will customize a mitigation plan specifically for your home to reduce dangerous levels. The average cost of such a system is around $1,500. After your home’s been mitigated, you should continue to test for radon regularly to make sure the levels don’t rise back up.
With these facts about radon in the home, we hope that this article is a resource for you moving forward. To avoid exposing your family to radon, you should have your home tested for radon by a professional. This is the best way to find out accurate home radon levels.