Do you know that the month of January is the National Radon Action Month? You must be aware that after cigarette smoke as the leading cause of lung cancer, radon is next and this is one tasteless and odorless gas. For the non-smokers, such is the number one leading cause of lung cancer actually.
This is the reason why you must keep in mind why you should test your home for radon. You can purchase the radon test kit and do radon testing all by yourself but when buying or selling the home, you must make sure that you get a professional to take care of this. Through this, you will be able to get results that are not biased and there is no need to worry that results got skewed. When you are going to perform the test on your own, you must know that there are two types which you can go for and they are the long-term and the short-term. You may find a radon testing kit at those home improvement stores, online or perhaps through the state government. There are those government agencies in some states that offer a free or affordable radon test kit and some states would also have a list of contractors that you may call for in case you need radon testing for your home.
Know that radon resulted from the naturally occurring radioactive gas which is released in the water, the soil and rock and this is thanks to the natural decay of the uranium. Such moves through the ground and into the home by fissures and cracks in the home's foundation. This may also be found in well water that would release the radon through the water if you are showering or making use of water for the other purposes.
When the house of your neighbor has been tested for radon and had low levels of such gas, then such doesn't mean that you can also assume that your house will have low levels too. The radon levels actually differ from one house to the other and there are various factors to such. The radon is found everywhere so the US Environmental Protection Agency has such action point of 4 pCi/L. If you have found that your house has a radon level that is at such point or much higher, then you should have the radon mitigation system.
You should remember that radon is found in the entire country in the 50 states. There is no certain kind of home which is less likely to have such high levels of radon.