You should test your home for radon. You can purchase a test kit for radon online or at a hardware store or you can hire a home inspector or a professional able to perform the test with certified equipment.
It is very important that you know if your home has unsafe levels of radon in it. Radon is most typically found in basements of homes and it is very dangerous.
Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the USA after cigarette smoke and tobacco. If you smoke inside your home and you have high radon levels, you and your family are in serious jeopardy of developing lung cancer in your lifetime.
Radon is radioactive gas. The gas is invisible and it doesn’t have any type of smell or taste at all. This means it is very dangerous because you will have radon in your home and have no idea it is there unless you perform a test or hire a professional service for testing radon.
You want levels below 4 pCi/L. A level above that is considered dangerous for your home and you will need to mitigate the gas from your home. You do not want to live with high levels of radon.
The US EPA estimates that one of every five homes has elevated levels of radon in it that are dangerous for the home’s inhabitants. Homes with elevated levels of radon in them have been found in every single state across the USA so it is a national health concern and you need to be aware of it.
We cannot recommend testing for radon enough. You will have no other way of knowing whether there are high levels of the gas in your home or not. You will not notice the effects of radon right away either to warn you. The effects happen very slow over a long period of time and might not reveal themselves until several years after you are first exposed to radon.
You can learn more about radon online or use our contact form for recommendations of radon test kits. We would recommend hiring a professional as the results are more likely to be correct than a DIY kit.