Since radon gas is both colorless and odorless, there's no way to directly sense a large concentration of it. If you don't address elevated radon levels in your home, you and your family will be at a greater risk for lung cancer. To decide once and for all if it's worth the hassle to get a radon test kit for your home, see if any of these three things apply to you.
You're Living With A Large Number Of Family Members
Even if you're exposed to an unusually high concentration of radon over a long period, there's no guarantee that you'll get lung cancer. But the more people live in your home, the higher the chance is that someone's health will eventually be compromised by the gas.
So even if it seems unlikely that there's a lot of radon gas in your home, it's worth it to get a test kit anyway if you have a large family with lots of children. Although it'll be a struggle to keep a lot of kids from opening your windows while the vials from a testing kit are collecting radon, it's worth the effort.
You Live In An Area With Lots Of Old Glacial Deposits
As rocks break down into tiny chunks due to erosion or pressure from above, radon gas is sometimes created through chemical reactions. While radon is constantly being generated almost everywhere due to erosion, buildups of the gas are common where giant glaciers crushed and ground up the rocks beneath them thousands of years ago.
Essentially, this means that homes in the Midwest and around the Great Lakes are especially likely to have elevated radon levels. If you live in a high-risk area, it's almost always worth utilizing at least a short-term test kit.
Your Basement Walls Have Lots Of Cracks In Them
Every basement has at least a few cracks that radon gas in the dirt and rocks around your home can penetrate. But if your home is old and your basement has lots of visible cracks around windows and the parts of the walls near the floor, even a moderate amount of radon in the ground can easily coalesce into a dangerous concentration.
While radon should definitely be taken seriously, there's no need to panic at the prospect of an elevated cancer risk. If the worst comes to pass and test results from a kit indicate dangerous radon levels, you won't have to abandon your home; instead, all you'll have to do is attach a special kind of vent to your HVAC system.
For more information, contact Certified Radon or a similar company.