Did you know? January is National Radon Action Month. (Don’t feel bad. We didn’t know either.) National Radon Action Month is a month designated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action against radon. In short, radon exposure is a preventable health risk which makes its awareness even more important. In fact, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared January 23 – 27, 2023 to be Radon Awareness Week. To learn more, click here. This year’s theme is “The 5Ws of Radon: What’s Your Radon Story?”
- Monday: Who does radon affect?
- Tuesday: What are the health effects of radon?
- Wednesday: Where can I be exposed to radon?
- Thursday: When should I install a radon reduction system?
- Friday: Why should I raise awareness about radon?
What is radon? How does it get into the home?
Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless radioactive gas formed by the ongoing decay of uranium in soil, rocks, sediments, and even well or ground water. Of course, radon can escape into the atmosphere anywhere but this is not harmful. The concern is when dangerously high concentrations can build up indoors, exposing occupants to possible health risks.
Radon can enter the home in several ways. Most commonly, gaps or cracks in the foundation, floors, or even basement walls are likely entry points. Other common entry points include gaps in suspended floors and cavities within walls.
Should you have your home tested?
Some areas of the country are more prone to elevated radon than others. With this said, the only way to know whether or not there is radon in your home is to have it tested. In order to have your home tested, you will need to have monitoring equipment set up at the home to measure any potential radon levels. If the home is found to have elevated levels of radon, various steps may be taken to reduce the concentration to or below acceptable levels inside virtually any home. Setting up a collection system with a radon vent pipe will oftentimes prevent radon from entering the home. Of course, it is recommended to hire a professional mitigation service to address any issues.
In closing, if you have ever read through a real estate purchase contract then you have likely seen verbiage included regarding radon disclosures. While most home buyers and sellers tend to overlook this section of the contract, it is important to be aware and act accordingly. As always, it is important to work with a knowledgeable real estate agent that can guide you through a real estate contract in a thorough manner.
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