Radon gas is only toxic in high quantities, but even small doses can build up indoors and make people sick. With radon testing, homeowners have a tool to identify this otherwise undetectable gas at poisonous levels. Here is all you need to know about radon’s risks and how to test your home for it.
What is Radon?
Radon is an invisible and odorless radioactive gas that exists everywhere in some amount. Largely found in soil and rock, this gas can build up underground and in water. Miners are at the highest risk of radon exposure since they work underground, but individuals who work with uranium processing or fertilizers may also be exposed.
Some areas report higher levels of radon than others. To learn whether your home is in a high-radon area, check this map by The Environmental Protection Agency.
Should I Get Radon Testing?
Over time, exposure to high levels of radon can lead to lung cancer. After cigarettes, it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the US. The American Cancer Society recommends radon testing to ensure radon levels in your home are low enough that you aren’t at risk of overexposure.
If you’ve never gotten a radon test or recently purchased or built your house, set up an appointment to check for radon. If you spend prolonged periods of time underground or in your basement, purchase an at-home radon testing kit or hire a professional.
How Do You Reduce Levels of Radon?
If testing shows that your home has concentrated levels of radon, contact a mitigation team immediately. They’ll install an active soil depressurization system to bring the gas outdoors where it will disperse and become harmless. If your water also tests positive for the gas, they’ll install a filter to lower your exposure.
If you’re concerned about toxic gas in your home or business, set up radon testing with Gateway Radon, LLC in St. Charles County, MO. Serving St. Louis, Washington, Hannibal, and Herculaneum, they offer full-service radon detection and mitigation to ensure your property is safe from this invisible threat. Visit their website to learn more about radon, or call (314) 324-4749 for an inspection.