Like many other Americans, you probably lock your front door at night, and maybe even set a security alarm system. We lock our doors at night to feel safe, but what if you were told you that your home is a risk to a threat you can’t keep out with a deadbolt or alarm? Radon gas sneaks into your house by coming up from the ground and slipping into your basement or crawl space. It is extremely toxic to humans, and the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you have never had a radon technician come to your home for radon testing, keeping reading.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive noble gas that is extremely poisonous to humans. Humans cannot see, smell, taste, or otherwise detect if radon is present in their home. The only way to know if radon has found its way into your house is to test for it.
How Does Radon Get Into Your Home
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that forms from uranium in the soil as rocks break down. It seeps up from the soil under your home and makes its way inside through cracks in your basement or crawlspace. Once in your home, your HVAC ventilation system filters the gas throughout your vent system and into every room inside the home.
Testing For Radon
Performing radon testing and inspections regularly are the only way to know if radon is already in your space, as it is undetectable to the human senses. If you have an at-home detection system, it is recommended that you get your system inspected at least every two years to ensure it is working properly. If you find that your home has high levels of radon in it, the first thing you should do is call a professional immediately. You can also open windows and doors to help ventilate your home.
Radon gas is a toxic threat that quietly poisons your family. It evolves from uranium in the soil as rocks break down, and finds its way into your house through your basement or crawlspace. Radon testing with an in-home system or technician is the only way to know if radon is present. You wouldn’t leave your front door unlocked at night, so don’t leave your family risk for radon poisoning. Call us today to set up a time to discuss how you can protect your home.