One issue that many homeowners are not aware of is radon gas. Radon gas is a radioactive gas that is the result of uranium in the soil being broken down. Radon gas moves from the ground up and can make its way into your home through holes or cracks in the foundation and floors of your home.
Breathing in large amounts of radon gas results in its tiny radioactive elements being lodged in the lining of the lungs. Here, they give off radiation which can ultimately lead to damaged lung cells and even lung cancer. According to the international agency for research on cancer, radon and its progeny are considered carcinogenic to humans.
Homes and buildings are both the main places people are exposed to radon gas because it moves from the ground and accumulates in the home or building. The bottom basement and bottom floors are usually where the highest levels are found.
So what can you do to make sure your home is safe from radon gas? There are inexpensive at-home test kits that you can do yourself and send to a lab. If this testing shows any reason for concern, have a professional do an in-depth inspection. Many home inspectors can conduct this test for you during your home inspection, or as a stand-alone inspection.
Radon gas is a very dangerous issue to have in your home, so if you have any doubts as to whether your home is being affected make sure to schedule a radon inspection to ensure the safety of your home and the people in it.