What is Radon and should you be testing your home?
Radon is a grave and deadly poisonous gas. It can cause potential health hazards to anyone who breathes it, especially in mass quantities.
If you are looking into purchasing a new home, this might not be the first thing that you think about. Making the mistake of overlooking radon levels that are found in your new home can harm you and your family. This gas is caused by soil and rock disruption of uranium. These can be some very complex elements and are very dangerous and damaging to the human body.
Radon can cause serious health-related problems, the most common on which being cancer. Even though cigarettes still take the number one spot in causing the mass majority of cancer cases, radon has now become the second leading cause of most cancer cases seen. The number of cases that end up resulting in death has recently been estimated up in the tens of thousands a year.
Picocuries (or pCi/L) is the measurement system that is used when testing and trying to detect radon levels in your home. The EPA states that this is considered dangerous if you see anything higher than a rating of 4 pCi/L.
Many times we will hear people searching for a new home ask if testing the radon level is necessary? Of course, radon testing is absolutely essential. You wouldn’t purchase anything without making sure that it worked properly first. The same idea can be applied here.
Too often do we see new home owners excitedly make their large purchase and be stuck with a literal death trap in the process. Radon is now found in homes as much as faulty wiring. Do not leave yourself unprotected.
This has become such a regular occurrence that they now test for radon in office buildings, businesses, and schools for that matter. The protection of individuals against this radioactive substance is the first thing that we recommend you check.
There are plenty of ways to check for radon levels. You can test these levels using the radon detection kits. Another very common way would be to hire a home inspector who will most likely have the tools needed. Most stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s should have an area in their store dedicated to radon detection kits. These helpful little packages can tell you if radon exists in the air you’re breathing. They can even go as far to tell how much radon is in your school, home, or business. If you are planning on doing a home test for radon exposure, remember to test the first floors. The exact levels can be found better this way with less room for error. The brand I would recommend would be the Landauer Nordic Radonmätning due to their high satisfaction rating.
When it comes to the safety of your family, your students, or your staff, protecting them is the number one priority. Make sure to test regularly (about once a month) to ensure the best air and the best health of those who depend on you.