January, which the EPA has designated as National Radon Action Month, will be here before we know it! In this article, we go over what it means to have unsafe levels of radon in the home, and what can be done about it.
Why You Should Have Your Home Tested for Radon
It is important to have your home tested for radon because it is the only way to determine the radon levels inside your home. Because radon doesn’t have a color or odor, there are no signs it is present. However, breathing in radon affects your health and can cause lung cancer over time. Having a professional who will perform the radon test with quality equipment and interpret the results is more accurate than using a cheap DIY kit.
Unsafe Levels of Radon in the Home
The EPA has labeled 4.0 picocuries per liter as the action level for radon. Don’t panic if your test comes back high. It takes years of exposure to develop cancer and it is not too late to reduce the amount of radon in the air. However, if your home tests at 4 pCi/L or higher, it is essential to hire a radon mitigation company to lower the levels in order to keep you and your family safe.
What is Radon Mitigation?
Radon mitigation companies install systems to ventilate the indoor air by pushing out the radon and bringing in the fresh air. By pulling in the fresh air, the amount of radon in your home is diluted to a lower level. A radon mitigation company also takes steps to prevent new radon from entering the home by blocking and sealing the areas where it can get in. After mitigation, it is important to periodically test the home for radon and ensure that the levels remain lowered.
Assure Home Inspections provides radon testing and radon mitigation services. We pride ourselves in offering a lifetime warranty for our radon mitigation services so that you can live in your home with peace of mind that your family is safe from radon. Contact us to schedule our services.