Radon, Should we be Testing In Kansas City?
Radon is a colorless and odorless gas. There is no way of knowing if you are being exposed without a test. Radon causes lung cancer. It is the second highest cause of lung cancer in America. An estimated 21,000 people die annually as a result of radon exposure. If you are going to be living in your home long term it is very important for you and your family's health to make sure radon levels are not too high.
When purchasing your new home you may be asked if you would like a radon test. First find out if the home already has a mitigation system in place. If so, a test probably isn't necessary as long as it is functioning properly. If there is no mitigation system in place you need to find a highly qualified certified radon testing compan. Your home inspector may be certified. Also, keep in mind some states do not require any certification, training, or test to conduct radon tests. You may want to do some research to find the best radon tester.
What to expect:
A small machine is set up in your home, in the basement or lowest level of the home. The machine is left on for 48 hours then someone from our team comes to pick it up. By the end of the day you will have results via email. The machines we use give results as picocuries (pCi/l) the number given can range from 0 to over 100. The EPA recommends fixes to your home if radon is over 4 pCi/l. If it is between 2-4 you should consider mitigation.
Is it likely your home has high radon?
Radon levels vary based on region. I work primarily in the Kansas City area which has a overall high level of radon. Approximately half of all of the homes we test have radon results above 4 pCi/l.
Your results came back high... now what?
If your results came back high and you have decided action needs taken, a qualified radon mitigation company should be contacted. Mitigation systems are easily installed in most homes.
Find more information at www.epa.gov/radon