The National Cancer Institute published an article in mid-2019 stating that overall mortality rates from cancer are drastically dropping across the United States. This is most likely due to improved treatment methods and being able to catch cancer earlier than in the past.
Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of the risk they may be at for developing lung cancer by not testing for radon in their homes. In fact, this common poison increases your risk of developing lung cancer by 16% per 100Bq/m of concentrated radon. If you have never had your home tested, check out these quick facts about the importance of radon testing.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive noble gas that has no detectable smell, color, or odor to humans. This gas is so toxic to the human body that it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, preceded only by cancer caused by smoking tobacco.
Since radon has no detectable characteristics to humans, the only way to know if radon is in your home is to use a radon detection system. Similar to a carbon monoxide or smoke detector, a radon detection system continuously monitors your home and will alert you if radon is present. Once you have you have a detection system installed, it is recommended that you get your system inspected at least every two years to ensure it is working properly.
Radon sneaks into your home through cracks in your foundation from the soil. It can also come in through crawl spaces and well water. Once in your home, your air conditioning or heating system can distribute the gas throughout your home by way of your house’s vent system.
If you detect high levels of radon in your home, the first thing you should do is call a professional for help. You can also help ventilate your home by opening doors and windows. When purchasing a new home, make sure you check the foundation for damage and ask the realtor how old the property is. Homes built before 1975 have a higher risk for containing radon, as the concrete slab used in the foundation is outdated.
Having a radon testing system in your home is just as important as installing a smoke or carbon monoxide detector. Radon is an extremely toxic gas that can only be detected with a radon testing system. If you are ready to have a system installed, or need your current system inspected, call us today to set up an appointment.