You want your home to be as safe as possible, and this is why homes are inspected before you buy them. The inspection is going to check for structural issues, check the integrity of the roof, and make sure that the electrical system is safe, but the inspection is also going to check for radon. Radon a product of the break down of uranium, which is radioactive. The problem that you may find is that radon can then break down further in your lungs, but the elements are still radioactive, which can cause cancer. While radon in trace amounts is found in almost all rocks and water, in higher amounts it can be deadly. Here are a few things that you should know about radon.
Should You Test For Radon
Many people want to know if they should test for radon in their own home. The simple answer is that it is always a good idea to test for radon. However, you should not just test anywhere. Radon is one of the heaviest gasses, and should therefore be tested in the lowest points of your home. If you have a single story home, you may be at less of a risk. However, if you have a basement, you should have your basement checked for radon.
How To Test For Radon
If you have a basement where individuals spend a lot of time, you should periodically check for radon. You can find a radon test at almost any home improvement store, and they can easily be done by a homeowner. You can also install a radon detector which is very similar to a smoke detector. This will give you the peace of mind that the home is safe from radon at all times. If you find that you have a radon problem, make sure that you call professional help.
How Radon Mitigation Systems Work
If your radon test came back positive, over 4 picocuries, then you need to have a professional radon mitigation technician. These men and woman have to be certified to install radon mitigation systems that meet the state code and will often visit the home to inspect the problem before they install the system. There are a few main methods to reduce radon: soil suction, sub-slab suction, drain tile suction, sump hole suction, or block wall suction. Active sub-slab suction is the most common and usually the most reliable radon reduction method. These suction pipes will suck the radon in the rock or soil beneath the house.