Many people don’t know enough about the naturally-occurring element radon and why they need to worry about it. The unpleasant truth is that high levels of radon are in one out of 15 homes and radon causes lung cancer. Every year in the US, approximately 20,000 people die from radon-related lung cancer. The best way to protect your family is to have your home tested for radon by a professional.
The Risk of Radon and Lung Cancer
When people fail to have their homes tested for radon, they are needlessly putting their household at risk. It is important for your health and peace of mind to know that the levels of radon in your home are acceptable. All homes are likely to have trace levels of radon, but at elevated levels, it makes the indoor environment dangerous to live in.
Testing for Radon
Because radon is invisible, tasteless, and odorless, the only way to learn how much is in your home is to test it. There are different approaches to testing your home for radon, but it is best to leave it to a professional.
A certified radon professional will administer the type of test that is appropriate for your home. While there are DIY options, user error is common and the results are not always accurate. It is better to be sure of the results of your radon test than to question its legitimacy.
What to Do About High Levels
If levels of 4 pCi/L or higher are revealed by your radon test, you need to take action to reduce the risks of radon and lung cancer. Like testing, radon mitigation should be left to professionals. A radon mitigation professional will evaluate your home’s unique situation and use appropriate tactics for radon reduction.
Once you learn the levels of radon in your home, you can take the required measures to protect your family.