I know you’ve heard that Spring is the time when we need to inspect our home smoke detectors but did you know that January is National Radon Action Month. It is a time when healthcare agencies urge all Americans to have their homes tested for Radon.
If you’re asking yourself right now, “What is Radon?” then you know that you need to keep reading.
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What is Radon?
Radon is a radioactive colorless, odorless gas produced from a natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. It can leach into our homes through cracks in the floor, walls, wires and service lines and water.
When the gas exceeds the acceptable levels, it can be deadly. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 1 out of every 15 homes has elevated Radon levels.
How Do I Know If I am at Risk?
The EPA has reported elevated Radon levels in every state. That would put everyone at potential risk of Radon poisoning. Testing is the only way to determine the Radon levels in your home and water. There are several do it yourself kits available and after doing my homework, Consumer Reports listed Pro-Labs Short Term and Pro-Labs Long-Term as two DIY test kits on the top ten list. If you do not feel comfortable doing this test yourself you can call a home inspector who can do the test for you. Here is another more expensive option but you never have to test again because it is a plug-in radon gas monitor. No waiting on lab results it will notify you immediately of levels that are not acceptable.
We recommend that you first check and see if your state offers a free test kit by googling free radon test kits for your state. I have already done this for my home state of Tennessee. So if your home is in Tennessee here is the link for your free test kit. They will provide one per household. To my knowledge, they do not provide water test kits. We highly recommend testing both air and water.
If you would like to know what your risk of exposure is based on your state here is a link to the EPA where you can find that information. No level of exposure is considered safe.
What to do If You Find Radon in Your Home?
The American Cancer Society says there are multiple ways of lowering the Radon Levels in your home, including sealing cracks in the floors, walls and increasing air ventilation. If you find elevated Radon Levels in your home we recommend that you visit the EPA website and follow their recommended guidelines.
We hope this has given you the information you need to keep your home safe for you and your family. Make sure you add this simple DIY Project to your project list this spring check out our recent blog on Conquering and Crushing All Your DIY Projects this Spring using our DIY Home Improvement Binder. If you like this post sign-up below to never miss another one.
Blessings from our home to yours – Until Next Time!