January is National Radon Month – if you’ve never had your home tested for Radon, do so. It’s worth the price to know if you have elevated levels of radon in your home. Your health and your family’s health is worth it!
Below is a post from December 2008-Be knowledgable of Radon Gas.
Know about Radon Gas in your home – Have a Radon Test done today!
Breathing is a bit ignored until you can’t do it anymore. We’ve all experienced the overwhelming need to gulp for air after strenuous exercise, but if you’re a victim of lung cancer, that gulping is a minute by minute experience.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency radon gas is the number two cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Number two is right up there. Number one is smoking.
Now smoking is obvious. It’s logical that lighting a cigarette and inhaling smoke into one’s lungs on a regular basis would cause lung cancer. It’s blatant. One can smell the smoke, taste the flavors of the smoke, and feel the burn in the lungs.
Radon on the other hand is sneaky. It has no odor. It’s invisible. It’s tasteless. It can be inhaled with every breath and not be known until it’s too late.
For those who have not heard of radon, it is a radioactive gas which naturally occurs in the soil. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It usually has highest concentrations in basements. It can easily be tested for, and can easily be remediated. Because radon is a gas, expelling it above ground dilutes the radon gas and makes it less dangerous.
The testing can be done by a professional inspector or by the homeowner. There are two kinds of tests. The one done most frequently is “passive” which means nothing is done except to place a dish similar to a petri dish in a protected location in the basement. The canister is left there for 3 days and then covered and removed. It is sent to a lab for testing. The second kind of testing actually takes hourly readings over a 3 day period giving a more accurate measure of the presence of radon.
The video below will give you a lot of good information on Radon Gas, take the time to watch it!