How Radon Exposure Can Compromise Your Family’s Health

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Cracks along the inside of your walls and floors not only allow excess moisture that helps mold and mildew grow get in the house. As if dealing with those problems wasn’t already hard enough, those air leaks could also handily allow radioactive radon gas into your home, according to Everyday Health.

Radon: the silent killer

Unlike mold and mildew, though, which can be detected by a musty scent, it’s hard to detect the presence of radon on your own. Specialized equipment is necessary just to confirm if there’s radon in your home or not. Radon cannot be tasted, it has no smell and is invisible. All those qualities are why some refer to radon as a silent killer. Victims often only find out too late—when they develop cancer—that they’ve been exposed to the radioactive gas.

Home tests

Testing for radon is a practical preventive measure. If you want to keep your family safe from radon gas exposure, these tests can indicate whether you have a radon problem or not. You can hire a company that offers radon services, like home testing, to handle this for you. Or, you could go for a home test kit. Go for the short-term test kit for starters, as this will be enough to confirm the presence of radon in your home.

Mitigation systems

If radon content is abnormally high, installing a mitigation system is a possible option for lowering high radon levels in the property. With a mitigation system in place, you can keep radon content well below safety levels. Find a company that’s licensed and authorized for radon services. Ask about the level and training of the staff they employ. You want someone who’s certified, experienced and competent for the job. If they can’t provide you with a time line or can’t seem to go through steps, you might be better off hiring someone else. Contact S.W.A.T. Environmental for more information.

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