When’s the last time you had your home tested for radon? Radon is a dangerous gas that can make you sick after prolonged exposure. Here are a few key reasons that you should test for radon in the home.

The Health Risks of Radon

According to the National Institute of Health, anywhere between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States are connected to radon. The chances are even higher if you smoke, but many non-smokers die from radon-related lung cancer too. Radon is a byproduct of uranium that forms underground. The radioactive gas rises out of the ground and enters into buildings.

You’ll Never Know the Levels Without a Test for Radon

Radon is colorless and odorless. You can’t see it. You won’t taste it in your water or smell it in the air. There is no way to tell that your home has high levels unless you test for radon in the home. Maybe your home has already been tested for radon, but radon levels can change over time.

Radon Testing and Mitigation is Cheaper Than Cancer

Many people don’t want to find out they have dangerous radon levels in their home and pay for a radon mitigation system. While a radon mitigation system may cost over a thousand dollars, it is much more affordable than cancer treatments. Also, lung cancer is one of the deadliest illnesses, and could cost you your life.

Test for Radon to Protect Your Loved Ones

If you have high levels of radon in your home, it puts your whole family at risk. Children and the elderly are at an even greater risk for radon poisoning because their lungs are more sensitive. Since your family will probably live in your home for many years, have it tested for radon before you move in.

No matter where you live, test for radon in the home to protect your family’s health and your home’s marketability. When you are sure about the radon levels in your home, you can take control of the situation and make your home safer to live in.

Steve Smallman Property Inspections provides home inspection services and radon testing to the NC Triangle. Contact us to book an appointment.