Radon has been shown to be a cancer-causing gas that is produced through the natural decay of uranium. Uranium has been found in all types of soil and is not associated with any one particular type. Radon gas rises through the soil, reaches the air and can find its way into your home through gaps, cracks and the water supply to your home. There is not one specific type of home that radon gas can be found in, it does not discriminate and can be found in newer homes, homes with and without basements, and older homes according to Dean Graziosi.
You cannot smell, taste or see radon gas; it generally takes many years of exposure the radon before any signs of health problems are noticeable. The EPA has estimated that there are approximately 8 million homes that show a high level of radon gas. These homes are not designated to one particular area in the United States, they can be found in all 50 states.
After reading these facts, you may be wondering how you can determine if your home contains any radon gas. The only way to determine whether there is any radon gas present in your home is to test your levels. To do this, you will need to contact a professional radon testing company and have them come to your home and perform the necessary tests. It is highly recommended by the EPA that you have a radon test performed before you finalize any real estate transactions. If you are applying for a HUD mortgage you will notice that it is required.
When you have your home tested for the presence of radon gas, you should know that a level of 4pCi/l or higher can be dangerous. If your test shows that your level is at this point or higher you should have a second test performed to ensure that these results were accurate. If the second test comes back high, you should take the appropriate steps to ensure that your levels are reduced to a point where they are not as dangerous.
There are many different mitigation systems available for homeowners to choose from. It is recommended that you choose the system that will work best with your specific home design. If you have any questions about which system would works best, you can consult with the company you hired to perform the tests or contact another radon mitigation company. The possibility of radon gas existing in your home is not something that should be taken lightly. If you suspect or are concerned that you and your family may be exposed to radon gas, you should contact a professional testing company at once.