Hot summer days, sunshine, poolside fun, beach getaways – it’s vacation season! Unfortunately, there is no vacation from radon in your home. Naturally, most homeowners tend to think more about radon testing in the fall and winter months. After all, that’s when we traditionally think of being indoors from the cold, with the doors and windows sealed – and when we more frequently consider the risks of radon exposure. However, many of us keep our homes closed and HVAC systems running during summer months too, increasing the risk of indoor exposure. Radon gas doesn’t take a break just because the calendar is marked “vacation.”
What exactly is radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is emitted from the rock and soil beneath every home and structure. The carcinogenic gas seeps into your home through cracks in the foundation and floors. Radon exists in homes of all ages and floorplans, and in all parts of the country. In the Kansas City region, one of every three homes test positive for dangerous levels of radon. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that levels at or above 4 pCi/L pose a health risk with prolonged exposure.
What are the dangers associated with radon?
According to the American Lung Association and U.S. Surgeon General, long-term exposure to radon gas at level above 4pCi/L is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Children and individuals with respiratory diseases may be at increased risk. Since radon gas is invisible, has no taste and no odor, it is undetectable without a radon test. Families can live for years in homes with dangerous levels of radon and not even realize it. Testing by a Certified Radon Professional will accurately identify the level in your home so you can take action, if necessary.
Summer is actually a great time to have your home tested to ensure radon levels are within a safe range. Scheduling can be more flexible before the fall/winter rush sets in. Also, if testing determines you have high radon levels and you need a mitigation system, warm weather months are a great time for installation. This is an affordable solution that can help you improve the health of your home environment and give you peace of mind.
Our team at Certified Radon is here to help and always happy to answer your questions. Visit our website at www.CertifiedRadonKC.com or call us at 816.587.3500 today to learn more or schedule radon testing for your home.