Thursday, December 5th, 2019 by Niles Erickson
What is so important about radon? Why should homeowners care?
Radon is an odorless gas, produced naturally in the rocks and soils through the decay of uranium. It is a radioactive gas and creates a toxity level within the air. Since uranium can be found almost anywhere there is rock and soil, radon is common.
Well, since radon is toxic and common, it is certainly worth knowing about. Just like how we like to know what exactly we are eating, we should also know what is in the air we are breathing on a daily basis.
Think about it. All homes in New Hampshire and Massachusetts are built on either slabs, crawlspaces or full foundations, all of which are directly over or within the soil. If radon particles are within these soils, they can also be found within the air we're breathing. Some places will have higher levels, while others will have lower. The only way to know is to test, which fortunately is easy to do these days.
As mentioned, radon is harmful to us when ingested. Here's a short video which highlights some reasons why.
Based on the negative effects radon can have on our health, it is worth it to test your home to better understand the levels where you live. If levels should be high, just know that effective radon mitigation is available, providing a safer home environment and peace of mind.
Another reason to test for radon at your home involves real estate. As awareness of radon has grown, when buying or selling a home it is inevitable for the topic of radon to emerge. With this in mind, it is recommended you do not wait until the last minute to complete a radon test. By having the test results readily available early on, any purchase or sale of a property will go that much quicker. Having to delay a closing due to waiting for radon test results is a hassle and a nuisance.
More and more throughout New Hampshire and northern Mass., we're finding the requests for radon testing is on the rise. As a homeowner, we recommend you be informed on what radon is, how it enters your home, how it can effect your health, and lastly how it can effect the selling or buying of your home.
For more information on testing and quotes on mitigation systems, click here.