January is National Radon Action Month, and the EPA and United States Surgeon General encourage every homeowner to have the air quality in their homes tested. Radon is a natural gas that forms when uranium, thorium, or radium elements break down and decay. This decay occurs in the rocks, soil, and underground water around your home. Because radon is odorless, tasteless, and colorless, most homeowners aren’t even aware of its existence. Yet, this gas shouldn’t be ignored since it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. Radon testing from Valley Building Inspections is a crucial first step to protect you and your family. Here are some additional ways you can protect your family and your home.
1. Avoid Smoking
For many, smoking cigarettes is a habitual practice that provides a sense of relief and calm. Yet, this practice can be extremely harmful to you and your loved ones. According to the CDC, smoking can dramatically increase your risk of lung cancer, especially if you’re unaware of the level of radon in your home. If you’ve been thinking about quitting, there’s no time like the present!
2. Increase Airflow
The airflow in your home has a significant impact on the level of radon in the air. While it can be difficult to eliminate radon from the air completely, you can do little things around the house to decrease its levels. Increase the airflow in your home by opening up windows and regularly using fans to circulate air. While this is a temporary strategy, it can help and also provide your family with some fresh air when the weather allows.
3. Seal Cracks
Sealing cracks around windows, doors, and walls with plaster is a great way to protect your home and family from radon poisoning. If your test reveals that you have a high level of this gas in your home, then it’s time to call a contractor for more information on how to seal cracks properly. An expert contractor will be able to provide you with information on all the materials that can help keep radon out of your home.
4. Test Regularly
Getting your home tested regularly is really the only way to ensure that your home isn’t full of this dangerous gas. While there are DIY tests available, it’s always best to have the professionals handle this type of air quality testing. With a full, detailed report, we can provide you with expert recommendations for sustainable and lasting solutions. And with a professional test, you’ll also better understand the overall air quality in your home.
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Valley Building Inspections specializes in radon testing. Contrary to what you might think, radon is a real problem in Scottsdale, AZ, and a low level is equivalent to you smoking two and a half cigarettes every day. We also offer mold, sewer, and termite inspections. If you’re ready to get your home tested, contact us today by calling (480) 860-1100.