We all want our homes to be healthy places for our families to thrive, so it’s important to understand any potential threats that may be present. One thing you don’t want to have in your home is radon, a tasteless, odorless, and colorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally as uranium decays in rock, dirt, and sometimes water.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. According to the EPA, it’s not common for radon to be found in homes, but anytime there is a risk, it never hurts to err on the side of safety. Proper testing is the only way to know if radon is present in your home.
You can purchase a DIY radon testing kit at hardware stores, many big box retail chains, online, and even from your local health department. The testing kits are easy to use and inexpensive.
You can get passive devices like charcoal canisters or charcoal liquid scintillation detectors. Once used, the test kit is sent to a lab for analysis. You can also get professional testers to come to your home. If you decide to hire professionals, make sure they are on a certified list provided by your state radon office.
The most common way to mitigate or prevent radon from entering your home involves vents and exhaust fans combined with sealing off your basement. The cost varies depending on the size of your home, but usually ranges somewhere between one and two thousand dollars.
Radon is potential threat to the health of you and your loved ones, but there are easy ways to find out if your home is at risk.