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The Importance of Radon Testing

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We all know that radon is a cancer-causing agent that can be found in the environment. It is a well-known carcinogen that can be found in the air we breathe. It is commonly found indoors since it loves to sneak into cracks and spaces in any infrastructure. The potential health risks associated with radon exposure are not well-known and deserve attention because long-term exposure can cause lung cancer. 

As a responsible homeowner, it is important that you understand the potential dangers posed by radon exposure. Radon testing is a proven and cost-efficient way to identify and monitor radon levels in your home. There is no doubt that once you test your home, and radon is detected, you can mitigate and plan accordingly. Radon Mitigation is one of the many ways you can ensure your family’s safety and protect your property from potential damage. 

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the national average level of radioactivity found indoors is around 1.3 pCi/L, whereas the level found outside is approximately 0.4 pCi/L. It is suggested if the initial test finds levels above the accepted threshold, conduct a second long-term test to confirm the results. According to the EPA, long-term test results provide a more accurate picture of radon levels because they account for the effects of fluctuating temperatures and barometric pressure in and out of your home’s environment. 

If the short-term test findings are close to the 4 pCi/L mitigation threshold, the long-term test is advised. According to the state, a short-term test can be utilized to confirm an earlier test with extremely high radon levels.If the second results are comparable to the initial ones (4 pCi/L or above), mitigation should be considered. Additionally, the state recommends that those with high radon levels who also obtain their water from a private well test the water for radon. There are radon water testing kits available at your local radon mitigation dealers, online, and at most home improvement retailers.

There are two ways to test; an at-home DIY test or testing performed by licensed and certified Radon Technicians. You can always call your local National Radon Defense Dealer for the best assistance. Radon testing is easy and low-cost and has proven to save many lives.

Radon is controllable but cancer isn’t. The decision always starts with you.