According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the cause of an estimated thousands of deaths each year and can be found across the 50 states.
Radon is caused by a natural, radioactive breakdown of uranium in rocks, soil and water. It can enter the home in a number of ways including:
- Cracks in the floor and walls
- Gaps in flooring
- Gaps around service pipes
- Water supply
- Wall cavities.
Radon testing is vital for prevention and awareness of radon exposure in the home. Testing your home or business is the only sure way to know if there is a radon leak, as it is odorless, tasteless and clear.
The EPA recommends testing all homes below the third floor for radon.
Indoor radon levels can vary day to day and are often higher in the winter and at night due to windows and doors being shut. With spring upon us, now is the perfect time to add one more important task to your spring cleaning regimen.
According to EcoWatch, testing is recommended to be done over a three-month period to ensure all levels of radon are examined fully.
About one out of every 15 homes is expected to have some form of elevated radon levels. There are options for testing your home including long- and short-term testing. In addition, it is recommended to call a professional if high radon levels are detected.
The EPA recommends a short-term test first, followed by either a long-term test or another short-term test. If high levels are detected, call a professional right away.
The recent home market has been hit by an increase of questions and radon testing. Buyers want to know the risk their home carries and what they can do to prevent exposure.
If you believe you have a radon exposure issue or would like to learn more, visit our website.