Signs That You Need Radon Testing

Signs That You Need Radon Testing

Radon gas awareness is increasing day by day– and so are the questions about where doe sit come from, what it is, and why is it so toxic to the human body. One of the confusing features is that humans cannot detect its presence, unlike a fire, gas leak, or flood.

You are exposed to radon when you breathe the gas in. Radon presence can be detected anywhere in your home, school, or office buildings. Therefore it is essential to get your home tested for radon.

Signs that you need radon testing

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally and is produced when thorium, uranium, and radium break down in the soil, rock, and water. After breaking it down, the gas is released into the air. It can be accumulated in any place where ventilation is not sufficient. Long-term exposure to radon gas can cause adverse effects on your health.

Radon gas damages the cells in your lungs. Damaged cells lead to cancer. It is responsible for about 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the US every year, even though it may take up to 5 to 20 years to develop. Some of the early signs and symptoms of lung cancer are mentioned below.

  1. Coughing out blood
  2. Persistent or Non-stop cough
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Wheezing 
  5. Chest pain when you cough
  6. Hoarseness 
  7. Frequent occurring infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis

Over time exposure to radon may lead to weight loss, loss of appetite, and fatigue. According to a study, smoking is the first leading cause of lung cancer, and radon comes second on the list. People who smoke while exposed to radon are at greater risk of developing cancer.

How will you protect yourself?

You can test your office building or home with a radon testing kit. Some kits will measure the levels for a few weeks, and some will measure for three months. You can keep the device in your home and send the results to a lab for expert recommendations. You can also hire a professional to get your home tested for radon to get accurate results.

The measurement unit for radon is picocuries. Tested results greater than 4pCi/L will require action. After taking immediate action, run the testing for another few days or weeks. If the levels still show higher, contact professionals to make repairs in your home or office building. Repairs can be crack sealing, installing, or repairing the ventilation systems so that the ventilation does not get trapped indoors.