If you haven't had your home tested for radon, you should. If you're not sure what radon is, it's a radioactive gas that's found in rock, soil, and sometimes well water. According to statistics, about 20,000 lung cancer cases are attributed to radon gas exposure each year. Unfortunately, most people don't realize they need to have their homes tested for the gas. If they do have their home tested, they don't realize that there are times when a second, or even third, test is necessary. Whether you've had your home tested for radon exposure in the past, or you've never conducted a test, here are four reasons why you should schedule a radon test now.
You've Installed a New Heating System
If you've recently installed a new heating system, you should have your home tested for radon gas exposure. New heaters can burn hotter than older, outdated systems. While that will keep your home warmer, it may also increase the threat of radon gas exposure.
You've Only Tested During Warm Weather
If you've had your home tested in the past, but the test was conducted in the summer, it's time to schedule a new test during the winter. You might not realize this, but radon gas levels can go up dramatically during the winter. That's because you have your windows closed and the heater on. With the elevated temperatures inside your home, and the lack of ventilation, your radon levels could be above the safe-range. To protect your family, you should always have your radon testing performed during the winter.
You've Never Tested the Basement
If you've decided to start using your basement for additional living space, but you've never had the area tested for radon gas, you'll need to do that before you start with the renovations. Exposed concrete can leak radon gas. Unfortunately, because it's odorless and colorless, you won't know your basement is contaminated with radon gas unless you have it tested.
You've Upgraded the Insulation
If you've upgraded the insulation in your home, it's time for a new radon gas test. Before you re-insulated your home, you might have had plenty of areas that were more ventilated than you thought. That increased ventilation can give a false reading when it comes to testing for radon. Now that you're home is properly insulated, and those ventilation points have been sealed, you'll need a new test to ensure a proper reading.
Don't take chances with your health, or the health of your family. Talk to your contractor or other testing service company, such as Greene Concrete Cutting Inc, about having your home tested for radon.