When it comes to fears over radon, you can ease your worries through simple radon tests and mitigation. If you aren’t sure that radon is a problem in your home, here is what you need to know about it.
What Is Radon?
Radon occurs naturally. As uranium breaks down, radon forms. It enters your home through multiple ways, including through:
- Gaps in the floor and around pipes
- Furnaces and fireplaces
- Open space inside the walls
- Air vents in the exterior of your home
- Foundation cracks in the walls and floor
- Joints in the construction
- Water from personal wells
Radon is relatively common, and hence you’ll find that the solutions for it are also common. The most common regions for radon are the Northeast, the Midwest, southern Appalachia and the northern plains areas. Coastal areas are prone to radon also, but the levels tend to be lower.
While newer homes are prone to radon due to the porosity in the soil, there is no rule on what homes are or are not prone to high radon levels.
How Can You Test for Radon?
Testing for radon is easy. Invest in an at-home kit, and make sure it meets the EPA requirements. You test for radon at home, and then send the test in for analysis. You can choose short-term versus long-term tests. The short-term tests last for about two days or up to seven days. The long-term tests measure the air quality for about three months.
The longer test will give you more of an idea of the radon levels you’re dealing with. Both tests are effective, however, and can give you a solid idea of the radon levels in your home. If the radon levels are over the 4 pCi/L, then you need to reduce the levels as soon as you are able to.
When you test your home for radon, you are one step closer to a safe home, free of any cancer-causing agents.