The Only Way to Know is to Have Your Home Tested for Radon
Some environmental threats to your home are more obvious than others. Mold and cigarette smoke, for instance, can be seen and smelled, and have harmful effects on your health. Radon, however, does not have a scent or an appearance, you can’t tell if this invisible gas is present in your house at unhealthy levels without testing your home. InspectorUSA has laid out some information about radon below so that you can learn why it’s critical to have your home tested for radon.
Kentucky is Known For High Radon Levels
There are some places where high levels of radon are just not a problem. Unfortunately, our great state of Kentucky is not one of those places. The majority of counties in Kentucky are either a Zone 1 or Zone 2, which represent the highest categories of radon levels. Lexington and most of Central Kentucky are Zone 1, which means an average of over 4 picocuries per liter of air. If a home tested for radon comes back with these results, mitigation measures should be taken.
The Health Effects of Radon
What’s so bad about radon anyway? It’s the second leading cause of lung cancer, after cigarettes. And perhaps the scariest thing about it is that if you don’t have your home tested for radon, you would never know that unsafe levels are present.
I had my home tested for radon. What’s next?
Whether you are testing a home that you are considering purchasing or having your current home tested for radon, all hope is not lost if the levels come back high. Mitigation services are available, accessible, and worth every penny. Discuss what the test results mean for you with your home inspector who performed the radon testing service.
InspectorUSA offers radon testing along with many other environmental home inspection services for home buyers and sellers as well as insurance companies and banks in Central Kentucky. Contact us to discuss what we can do for you!