The Dangers of Radon Gas
We’ve all heard about the dangers of natural gas, but many still don’t realize that there are other gases to be concerned about when it comes to home ownership. Radon gas is one of those gases that is very important to be aware of when purchasing, building, or owning a home. As an EPA Listed Radon Mitigator, First Priority Home Inspections can help break down the dangers of radon and walk you through how to prevent this gas from ruining your health and home.
Radon Gas in Your Home
Radon gas is an odorless, colorless gas produced by decaying uranium. Low levels can be found in almost all soils and in the air we breathe every day. But the big issue with radon is when it gets trapped and builds up over time—such as in an area of a home like the basement, garage, or bedroom. Radon gas moves from the soil into a home over time. It can accumulate in spaces, and because it’s odorless and colorless, it’s virtually undetected. The longer radon builds up, the more dangerous it becomes to your home and family.
Radon and Lung Cancer
High levels of radon can lead to toxic health problems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency action guideline level, radon is 1000 times more likely to cause death as any other EPA carcinogen. The EPA has estimated that over 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year are caused by radon. Besides smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. Some studies seem to indicate that children are more sensitive to radon, leading to concern about exposure for children at young ages.
Detecting Radon in Your Home
Because radon is odorless and colorless, you cannot detect radon without a specific test. There are no immediate health symptoms that can alert you to its presence, and it can take years for symptoms related to radon to surface. Furthermore, even if you get a home tested, radon levels can change rapidly. A test taken a year ago or even a month ago is not to be relied on for accuracy, and consistent testing is important.
There are a variety of types of radon tests that can be done—short-term, long-term, and continuous testing methods. Radon levels can be fixed once you realize there’s a problem, so there are definite solutions to reducing radon levels. But being proactive about radon gas will ensure that you or a loved one doesn’t have long-term health issues like cancer down the road.
If you want professional assistance with detection and prevention of radon, First Home Priority Inspections is an EPA Listed Radon Mitigator. We can help you detect radon levels in a home you want to purchase or a home you already own, and we can give you a game plan to help you figure out how best to reduce radon levels. We know how important it is to keep your home fresh and free of this toxic gas, and we will do everything we can to solve your problem if radon is an issue.