How Do You Know If You Have Radon in Your House?

by Allied / Friday, 02 June 2017 / Published in Radon

We rely on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to alert us to danger in our homes. But there’s another hazardous substance that many homeowners don’t always think about. In fact, although it’s virtually undetectable to the human senses, it can actually cause very serious health problems. It’s radon—a radioactive gas caused by the breakdown of uranium in the environment.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, nearly one out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. It’s important to find out if you are at risk for radon exposure because inhaling it can cause lung cancer. In fact, it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States behind smoking, according to the Attorney General.

How radon gets into your home

Any kind of home can be exposed to unsafe levels of radon. Health experts know the ways in which radon can enter your home—and the ease with which it can do so makes radon detection in Montana even more important.

Most of the time, the radon that finds its way into homes originates from soil. Gaps around pipes, walls or floors—or cracks in walls or floors—could allow radon to get into your home. Radon can also enter your home through your water supply—particularly through well water.

Radon detection in Montana

So, if you can’t see or smell radon, how are you supposed to know it’s there? Much like other detector systems we use in our homes, there’s a test kit that can help you determine whether your home has been exposed to radon. You can purchase a kit yourself from a hardware store, or you can work with a professional to have a test performed.

There are two types of radon detection systems: short-term and long-term test kits. A short-term test kit monitors radon levels in your home for two to 90 days, while a long-term test kit measures exposure for more than 90 days. A long-term test will give you a better idea of the average level of radon in your home, which is helpful since radon levels can fluctuate.

Radon levels can be lowered

Don’t panic if you find unsafe levels of radon in your home, because it’s a problem that can be corrected. One strategy might be to install a special pipe-and-fan system in your home to redirect radon to the outside of your home and away from the air you breathe. It’s also helpful to seal any cracks in your home’s structure that could allow radon inside.

Allied 24/7 Property Restoration has qualified professionals who are ready and able to help with radon detection and radon remediation in Montana. We can also quickly identify and install a solution to lower radon exposure to a safe level. Our specialists are always on call to help you protect your family from radon and other home issues that can affect your health. Get in touch today to learn more about our services or schedule a consultation!

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