In every 15 homes in America has high levels of Radon, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Is your home one of these? Read to find out how you can check.
Checking the home you live in for various factors that could affect your health while you live there is vital. There are many hidden dangers that all too often, we are simply not aware of. Radon, a carcinogenic gas, is one of these. Hazardous to inhale, Radon is responsible for about 12% of lung cancers in the nation. With more than 20,000 Americans dying of radon-related lung cancer each year, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
Any home, both old and new, can have a radon problem. Radon is one of those stealthy killers because you cannot see, smell, or taste it. Radon Testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels. This is why it is so important to get a Radon gas inspection whether you’re considering the purchase of a new home or have lived in one for years. Your Chattanooga Home Inspector will get a clear reading of your home’s Radon levels by checking readings from a Radon machine every hour. We will then give you a detailed report on what was found and what steps need to be taken afterward.
But just what is Radon? It evolves from the natural breakdown of Uranium in soil, rock, water, and ultimately gets into the air you breathe. It moves up through the ground up to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Because you and your family spend most of your time at home, this is where you are most likely to get the greatest radiation exposure. If you haven’t had your home tested for Radon yet, be sure to do it as soon as possible. If you find that you have high radon levels, there are ways this problem can be fixed. Even if you have extremely high levels they can be reduced to acceptable levels.
This is also very important if you are planning on selling your home. Unsure of what areas of your home need to be tested? You should be sure to test in the lowest level of the home that is suitable to live in with the help from Chattanooga Radon Inspection. This means testing at the lowest level that you and your family currently live in or a lower level that is not currently used, but a buyer could use for living space without renovations.