Are you aware that January is known as the National Radon Action Month? You must know that radon is one tasteless and colorless gas which is the second leading cause of lung cancer after the cigarette smoke. Also, you must know that this is actually the number one leading cause of lung cancer with the non-smokers.
Such facts highlight why you should test your home for radon. You can purchase the radon test kit on your own but when you are going to buy or sell the house, you must take into account a professional to come in and do the radon testing for you. Through this, you will be able to get results that are not biased and there is no need to worry that results got skewed. If you would do the test all by yourself, there are two types which you can opt for and they are the short-term and long-term. You can find that good radon testing kit at the home improvement stores, the internet or through the state government. Depending on the state which you are in, some of the government agencies will offer free or a discounted radon test kit and there are also some states that can have a list of contractors which you can also contact to get a professional radon testing.
You should be aware that radon is actually caused by a naturally occurring radioactive gas which is released in the water, the rock as well as the soil and such is due to the natural decay of uranium. This would move through the ground and into the home through the fissures and cracks in the foundation of your home. This may also be found in well water that would release the radon through the water if you are showering or making use of water for the other purposes.
If the house of your neighbor got tested for radon and comes with low levels of this gas, then such won’t mean that your house will have low levels too. The radon levels actually differ from one house to the other and there are various factors to such. You should know that radon is actually everywhere and the action point is 4 pCi/L accoding to the US EPA. It is very important that you get the radon mitigation system when you have discovered that your house has a radon level equal or greater than this.
Always remember that radon is actually found in the whole country. No particular type of home would less likely have high levels of radon.