Radon is a radioactive gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who do not smoke. You might be surprised to learn how radon enters your home. Radon is generally present in the soils and materials in the ground around your home. Because air pressure is generally lower inside your home than it is outside the home, your house can act like a vacuum, drawing radon inside. While it might sound scary to have a cancer causing gas inside your home, there are ways to get rid of the radon if levels are too high.
How Do I Get Rid of Radon?
The first step you need to take if you are worried about exposure to radon is to have your home tested. Levels of radon inside the home should be the same as levels outside the home. If radon levels in your home are higher, you will probably want to have a radon mitigation system installed. The EPA recommends that you find a certified radon mitigation contractor. Most states will provide a list of private radon professionals and a list of those who have state contracts. This is a good way to try and find professionals who can come and test your home for dangerous radon levels and install a radon mitigation system if needed. When choosing a contractor, ask for estimates and references so that you can choose a contractor you trust.