What is Radon Testing and Should You Do It?
Radon is a fairly unknown causes of cancer in the United States, although it’s so prevalent in the middle of the United States. Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that does not immediately reveal its harmful effects in the body. If you are planning on purchasing a home in the Connecticut area, make sure that you have tested it adequately before moving your family in. Use this article as a briefer to learn about Radon beforehand.
Radon | Rn the Noble Gas
When Uranium under the earth’s crust decays naturally, radon gas is emitted. This odorless, colorless gas rises through the ground and permeates most of the environment. The radon gas, when it gets into the air, can dilute immediately. But if it seeps through the ground, into your water, or the rest of your home, the levels can build up to dangerous levels.
By inhaling the micro-particles of radon, the radioactive material will get into your lungs. This can lead into lung cancer. According to the EPA Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, while smoking cigarettes is the first. This is why testing for Radon, and treating it are necessary to decrease your risk for lung cancer.
How to Test for Radon?
Great News! It’s not very difficult to do the proper radon test for this noble gas. With Radon Systems of Connecticut, there are several options for the different types of radon tests, which depends on your way of living. We put radon detection systems on the bottom floors of your home; and the basement if you have one in your home.
While testing, stay away from the detector. Through the test, you actually want to keep the windows closed. Make sure that you keep your children and pets out of the area. Don’t worry, we will guide you through all the steps that you should take to ensure success. After testing is complete, we clear the home of the detectors and let you know your results. Your ideal levels are less than 4 pCi/L and anything above that mark should be mitigated immediately.
If You Do Have Radon | Mitigate Now
There are more than one type of radon mitigation systems that are available. Make sure that you are not being upsold over oversold. Consult with a professional on which systems that will be necessary for the levels that your home has proven.
If you are planning on buying a home, you should ask for the latest Radon tests before you plan on buying it, and if you are selling your home, getting your radon testing will help to ease the process for the buyer.
If you are in Wolcott, Connecticut area, click this link to sign up for a free consultation where we can cover all of your concerns and help you through your Radon mitigation and testing process.