Over 20,000 Americans are killed by radon in a single year. Here are the facts:
- Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that can cause lung cancer, especially if you’re exposed to high levels of radon over a long period of time.
- When you breathe in radon, it destroys the cells that line your lung. And, while smoking can put you at a higher risk of developing radon-related cancer, it certainly impacts nonsmokers too.
- Usually, radon comes into your home through cracks in your walls or floors, and from the soil in your yard.
So, how do you test for radon? And why is radon testing and mitigation so important? Read on to find out.
Radon Testing: The Basics
In general, there are two main kinds of radon testing: short-term and long-term tests.
You should use a short-term test to test your home about twice each year. However, if you notice that you’ve been coughing up blood, getting hoarse more frequently, or even have a cough that just doesn’t seem to quit, you will want to consult a physician and test more often to ensure there isn’t a problem.
Short-term testing can help you determine if a more extensive test is needed. You should leave the test kit in a low-activity room in your home for about two to six days. Then, mail your test to a lab.
This step is why so many homeowners choose to have their radon tested professionally. That way, they can feel good about the lab they’re working with.
There are also long-term and continuous radon testing options, which are electronic monitors that plug into an outlet in your home.
How Does Radon Mitigation Work?
The goal of radon mitigation is to lower the level of radon gas in your home or any commercial building. The process often includes caulking the foundation of your property, covering up any soil that’s in or too close, and sealing off the cracks in your walls.
Additionally, a radon mitigation system is used to pull dangerous radon gas out of your home and away from your soil.
This is accomplished by using a ventilation pipe and fan. This pipe, which is usually made out of PVC, usually remains attached to the side of your home. This way, it continually works to keep your home’s levels of radon gas under control.
So, how often will the system need to be replaced? Usually, you’ll need to replace your radon mitigation fans anywhere from every 5 – 20 years. It depends on the make and model you use.
Do You Need Professional Radon Testing?
We hope that this post has helped you better understand who should test for radon and why radon testing is so important. Obviously, when it comes to the health and safety of your family, there’s no reason to take any risks.