There are no noticeable signs of radon in the home. The only way to know if you have elevated levels of radon is through professional testing. No matter your home’s current condition or age, radon testing is essential to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Radon is the Second-Leading Cause of Lung Cancer
Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Many people hear about radon for the first time when they are purchasing a house. This is because most homebuyers order a home inspection and some home inspectors offer radon testing. Without a radon test, there is no way to know if you have a radon problem. The symptoms of lung cancer may be the first sign that you have been exposed to high levels of radon for an extended period of time. These include:
– Chest pain
– Frequent infections, including pneumonia and bronchitis
– Coughing up blood
– Weight Loss
– Shortness of breath
How Radon Affects Our Health
Radon is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless radioactive gas. It’s found all across the U.S. in the soil underneath our homes. Radon enters the home through cracks in the foundation, windowsills, doors, and other openings. When it becomes trapped in the home, the amount becomes concentrated. Prolonged exposure to high levels of radon increases your chances of getting lung cancer.
Levels of Radon in the Home
Radon testing determines if high levels of the gas exist inside your house. A radon level of 4 pCi/L is considered unsafe. When you know that radon gas is a problem in the home, you can hire a radon mitigation company to reduce the gas and make your indoor air safe to breathe.