Are you looking to buy a new house? Or have you bought a new house already? Have you done a home radon inspection yet? If the term radon inspection is new to you, you should continue reading.
So what is a ‘Radon inspection’? Basically, radon is a cancer causing radioactive gas. It is emitted once the uranium in the soil, rocks and water naturally breaks down and gets into the air you breathe. A radon inspection is a test carried out to detect if there has been such an occurrence and that the residents of the respective house have not been endangered. As a part of your home safety procedure, it is advisable to get a home radon inspection done.
If that is not a sufficient enough reason to get a home radon inspection done, go through the following few lines and see if that changes your mind:
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The primary adverse health effect of chronic exposure to radon is lung cancer. There are degrees of exposure to radon. Massive doses are seen in miners working in mines underground or caves etc. Comparatively negligible doses are seen in residential scenarios. Other harmful respiratory effects of radon exposure include:
- Pulmonary fibrosis (Scars are formed on lung causing breathing issues)
- Chronic interstitial pneumonia
- Silicosis ( A condition caused by inhaling tiny bits of silica)
- Respiratory lesions
If a person is smoking and is exposed to radon, it has a multiplicative effect. Moreover, radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, responsible for 16% of lung cancer deaths in Canada.
Should you get a home radon inspection done? The answer 99% of the times is yes. Along with all the other inspections necessary, the cost of the test is not actually expensive and hence, it does not add much to your expenses.
So now that you know the harmful effects of radon exposure, home safety and the safety of the people in the house should be your primary concern. There are ways to mitigate radon levels in the house upon identification. Mitigation is usually carried out by installing a system that will draw the radon-laden soil gas from beneath the foundation and exhaust it outside of the building, far enough away from windows and other openings that it will not re-enter.
It is always better to be safe, than sorry. Get your home inspected for radon levels today and ensure the safety of your loved ones. Visit us at 1CallInspections where you can find a one stop solution to all your home safety issues.