Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and kills more people in a year than drunk drivers because of this there are many reasons to get your Radon levels checked. Today we are going to touch on the 5 most important reasons to check your Radon levels to ensure you and your family are living in a safe environment.
Want more information about why you must have your home tested for radon? Read our blog post: “Why Radon Testing is Critical.”
Table of Contents
- Selling your Home is Easier
- Radon Cannot be Seen, Smelled, or Tasted
- Radon is the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer Among Non-Smokers
- Ohio Homes have High Exposure Levels
- One in fifteen homes in the United States contain high levels of Radon
Reason 1: Having your Radon levels checked in your home before putting your house on the market is becoming more of a normal procedure for most home owners. New buyers want their new home to be checked for Radon before closing on a sale. Having this issue taken care of before putting your house on the market will prevent any future surprises before a home inspection.
Do you have a busy schedule? Learn more about the time commitment in our blog post: "How Long Does Radon Testing Take?"
Reason 2: Radon is a radioactive gas that cannot be detected by smell, sight or taste the only way to detect radon in your home is to perform a radon measurement. For these reasons many homes go undetected up until the point of severe health conditions that cannot be reversed.
Reason 3: Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in general, according to the EPA. Radon breaks down into a radioactive element which can be absorbed into the lungs through dust and other airborne particles. These particles will become trapped and damage the lining of your lungs. This may increase your chance of respiratory problems.
Reason 4: Ohio homes have high exposure levels of Radon due to our climate and how our homes were built. Most Ohio homes contain basements that are used as living spaces which puts families closer to the source of the problem. Radon levels are higher during the winter months which is a contributor to our exposure level compared to other states.
Reason 5: One in fifteen homes in the United States contain high levels of Radon. Any type of home that was built on a concrete slab is most likely affected. Radon enters the home through cracks in the foundation, water supply sources and unsealed spaces around services pipes. Close to half of the tests that are performed contain above average levels of Radon which means that there are over 25,000 homes in Ohio with lethal levels of Radon.
These five reasons are just a few of many reasons you should have your home tested for Radon. There are many things in life we cannot control so let us take advantage of the things we can change. If you are unsure if your home contains lethal levels of Radon do not hesitate to have your levels checked. It is better to know there is a problem so you can take the necessary actions to fix it.