The Importance of Radon Testing
In a survey conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency about the effects of radon, it was found out that around 21,000 deaths was due to this killer gas every year and it mainly lead to a very common death such as lung cancer. This result is even bigger than the total deaths of fire incidents or drunk driving incidents according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which are the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Report in 2005 and 2006, and as well as the National Safety Council Reports in the year 2006. As these reports became alarming, everyone became cautious with the government alerting every family to keep their homes and environment safe by testing the presence of radon in their area and eliminate once detected.
So many are unaware of the presence and effects of radon gas. It is a gas which we obviously cannot see just like the air, however, it slowly kills us when not eliminated as soon as possible. There is no presence of odor or taste as well with this type of gas. This comes from Uranium found under the soil and rocks on land and when it breaks down, it form to radon gas. We can either breathe in radon or drink it as it can go along with the air and water in our homes. If a house property has the presence of radon, it will likely affect first the smoker that lives on that property.
The time to inspect your home for presence of radon gas is right today. There are different methods to know if radon exists on your home or not. The cheaper way of testing for the presence of radon is by using a radon test kit. A more accurate way of identifying or testing the existence of radon gas is by having the property inspected by a certified professional, especially when the property or house built on it is new.
There should be an immediate action done once results show that radon concentration in your home is high as it will definitely cause health issues to your family. Radon disperses into the atmosphere from the soil and rocks, and initially will not cause a great effect when combined to nitrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen.But once it gets trapped like inside our homes, it gets too concentrated thus causing harmful effects to our bodies. Sub-slab depressurization is one method you can apply to your house if you want to keep the radon away and this is done by installing a specialized vent pipe. You should be warned also that radon can still leak inside the house and therefore this method is not very effective.
There were also studies conducted of high levels of radon from properties that have granite. Radon is considered harmful and found just about in any home therefore, it is better to have an expert who will inspect the house for presence of radon and identify the level of concentration. It is a priority for us to keep our homes healthy and safely secured from dangerous concentrated gas such as radon.