Radon is responsible for over 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States every year, according to estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General’s office. Because it is undetectable by human senses, it is difficult to know if you are at risk of radon exposure in your home. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to get your home checked out and to solve any problems you come across.
Get Your Home Tested
The first step to assessing your exposure risks is to perform a radon test. You can hire a professional contractor to set up the test, or simply pick up a home testing kit yourself.
Leave the Test Alone
Although the exact length of time for Radon tests varies from one test to the next, they share a common simple tactic: simply leave your testing kit in the room being measured for the prescribed length of time on the packaging, and leave it alone. Short term tests are available with just a few days of testing, while longer tests can last for upwards of three months. While you receive quicker results from short term tests, the longer your test sits the more accurate your results will be.
Send for Testing
Once your kit has been left to sit for the required period of time, you’re ready to send it off to be read by the manufacturer. They will assess the results of the test and let you know if you have anything to be worried about. If you don’t have anything to worry about, you’re all done. If your test shows high levels of radon, it’s time to create a radon removal system.
Vent Your Radon
Radon gas comes up from the ground and rises into your home. It gets trapped in your home and can build to unsafe levels. With a radon venting system, an intake fan is used to draw the contaminated air into a pipe that then runs safely up to the roof of your home. This causes much of the radon being emitted to be pulled into the pipe and through it where it remains safely out of your lungs. This makes your home safe again for you and your loved ones.