Should You Test your Home for Radon in the Winter?

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Monday, January 4th, 2016 at 5:43am.

Home Testing

January is National Radon Action Month. Doesn’t sound very exciting, we agree, but it is worth noting. Why? Because radon is dangerous, especially when it’s in your home.

So, what’s radon and why should I care?

Did you know that the local gas company puts that stinky odor in the natural gas supply? Natural gas has no odor so they odorize it so we can be alerted if there’s a leak. Radon gas is odorless as well but nobody’s found a way yet to add a stink to it, which makes it quite dangerous.

Radon is radioactive. Got your attention with that one, didn’t we? The awful fact about radon gas is that it’s the number one cause of lung cancer in folks who don’t smoke cigarettes. So, just as you wouldn’t dream of allowing someone to light one up in your home around your kids, so should you be as diligent when it comes to indoor air pollution.

How does it get into the house?

Radon is something that comes into play when uranium decays. Uranium can be found in just about every soil that there is, including our soils here in Blaine. Radon seeps in through the cracks and holes in the foundation of your home. It can get trapped inside of your home and then it builds up. Especially in winter when our homes are closed up tight.

Get your home tested as if your life depended on it

Because, it does - unless, of course, you want to be among the 20,000 Americans that die every year from radon gas-induced lung cancer.

You won’t have symptoms of radon gas poisoning. It takes years before symptoms appear. Testing the air in the home is the only way to determine the radon levels. And, since the EPA estimates that one in five homes in the U.S. have elevated radon levels, there’s a good chance yours is among them.

Radon test kits are available through the Anoka County Community Development Department. or check out the suggestions from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The best time to check the home for radon gas is in the winter, so don’t wait. 

Kris Lindahl
Kris Lindahl Real Estate

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