Are you aware that January is known as the National Radon Action Month? You should know that radon is a gas that is colorless and tasteless which is the second leading cause of cancer in the lungs. For the non-smokers, such is the number one leading cause of lung cancer actually.
These facts do highlight why it is quite important that you often test the house for radon. You may buy such radon test kit but if you are going to sell or buy a home, then you should make sure that you get a professional who can perform such radon testing. Through this, you will be able to get results that are not biased and there is no need to worry that results got skewed. If you would do the test all by yourself, there are two types which you can opt for and they are the short-term and long-term. You can find that good radon testing kit at the home improvement stores, the internet or through the state government. There are those government agencies in some states that offer a free or affordable radon test kit and some states would also have a list of contractors that you may call for in case you need radon testing for your home.
You should be aware that radon is actually caused by a naturally occurring radioactive gas which is released in the water, the rock as well as the soil and such is due to the natural decay of uranium. This would move through the ground and into the home through the fissures and cracks in the foundation of your home. This may also be found in well water that would release the radon through the water if you are showering or making use of water for the other purposes.
When the house of your neighbor has been tested for radon and had low levels of such gas, then such doesn’t mean that you can also assume that your house will have low levels too. The radon levels actually differ from one house to the other and there are various factors to such. You should know that radon is actually everywhere and the action point is 4 pCi/L accoding to the US EPA. It is very important that you get the radon mitigation system when you have discovered that your house has a radon level equal or greater than this.
Keep in mind that radon is actually found in the whole country in all 50 states of US. There is no certain type of home which is more or less likely to have such high levels of radon.