WHAT IS RADON?
Radon is a cancer causing, radioactive gas. It comes from a natural breakdown of uranium in the soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks, expansion joints and other holes in the foundation.
WHY DO I NEED A HOME RADON TEST OR A RADON INSPECTION?
You cannot see, smell, or taste radon, but it still may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high. If you suspect that the previous owner of your property did not complete a thorough home radon test, we recommend you call American Home Detectives right away!
HOW DOES RADON ENTER YOUR HOME?
Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Common ways for radon to enter your home are as follows:
- Cracks in solid floors
- Construction joints
- Cracks in walls
- Gaps in suspended floors
- Gaps around service pipes
- Cavities inside walls
- The water supply
HOW DO YOU TEST FOR RADON?
The most common type of home radon test or commercial radon testing devices are passive devices. Passive radon testing devices do not need power to function. A short-term home radon test remains in your home for 2 days to 90 days, whereas a long-term home radon test remains in your home for more than 90 days. All radon tests should be taken for a minimum of 48 hours. A short-term test will yield faster results, but a long-term test will give a better understanding of your home's year-round average radon level.