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Five Things You Need to Know about Radon

Radon in the home can have deadly repercussions. It can cause cancer, particularly of the lungs, along with a host of respiratory issues. Know these facts about radon so you can keep your family safe.

1. You Need a Detector

Radon isn't like natural gas—it has no discernible odor or smell. You can have radon in your home without even being aware of it. If you have recently purchased a home, you need to have it professionally tested for radon. Further, it is a good idea to install radon detectors even if you have had your home tested. Radon levels can vary or old mitigation systems can eventually fail, so a detector will help you monitor levels so you can act quickly when necessary.

2. No Home Is Immune

Any home can have radon issues. Radon is a naturally occurring substance in the soil. Some areas of the country are more prone to radon issues simply because there is more uranium (the substance that breaks down into radon) present in the soil. It can leak in through basements, crawlspaces, and even slab foundations. Finding radon in the home doesn't mean the house is rundown or poorly maintained. Both older homes and newer homes can have radon.

3. Radon Is Everywhere

Some areas of the country are more prone to radon issues simply because there is more uranium present in the soil. Radon levels can also vary over short distances. This means that your home may have radon present even if your neighbor's home does not. For this reason, every home should be tested and monitored.

4. Your Water Can Be Affected

Radon doesn't just seep in through foundations. If you are on a private well, radon can seep into the water supply. This isn't typically an issue on municipal water because the municipality tests regularly for radon. Fortunately, there are mitigation options and radon removal filters available to keep radon out of your water well, but you will need to have the well tested periodically.

5. Mitigation Is Possible

There are several options available for radon mitigation. Targeted ventilation systems remove radon where it tends to accumulate, such as in basements and crawlspaces. These systems may include fans and filters to move the radon out of the home. In some cases, a membrane may be installed between the foundation and the soil to prevent radon from making its way into the home.

Contact a radon testing and mitigation service in your area for more help.