Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas that is the second most common cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoke and the most common cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
These facts underscore why it is so important to regularly test your home for radon. You can purchase an at-home test kit that you can make yourself, but if you are buying or selling a home, you should consider having a professional take a radon examination and measurements for you.
That way, you know that the results are unbiased and you don’t have to worry about the results being skewed. If you do the test yourself, you can choose between two types: short-term and long-term tests. You can find radon test kits at a hardware store, online, or from your state government.
Depending on the state you live in, some government agencies offer free or discounted radon testing kits, and some states even have a list of contractors you can contact for professional radon testing.
Radon occurs nationwide in all 50 states. There is no particular type of home that is most likely to have high levels of radon. This shows once again why it is so important to test for radon in your home on a regular basis and to ensure that the home you are planning to buy is being tested for radon as part of a home inspection.