Your home is your castle, and you want to make sure that all subjects living inside of it are protected. You’ve done the important things already: Purchased home insurance, fenced the yard and installed security cameras. But have you made yours a radon-resistant home?

What is Radon?

Simply stated, radon is a naturally-occurring gas that is odorless and colorless which makes it impossible to detect unaided. It can seep through cracks and holes in your walls and foundation. When radon levels build up they can be dangerous. Thankfully, radon is common all across the nation and there are numerous ways to identify and control it.

How do I Prevent Radon?

Newer homes are built under professional standards to prevent radon called Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC). While these are great preventative measures, they don’t necessarily mean that you are living radon-free. If your home has been built under RRNC standards, all the better for you! This means that the construction crew has already pre-installed radon mitigation pipes under the foundation. All you need to do as the homeowner is to install a mitigation fan to blow the affected air away from your house.

How do I Know if My Home is Affected?

Radon-testing kits are available at most local hardware stores, and they’re easy to administer. The key is to leave them alone for a period of time while they sniff the air and check to be sure you and your family are safe. It is recommended by experts that you do this twice a year. If you test higher than you expected, no need to panic! That is the whole reason you tested in the first place. Call a radon removal specialist in your area to get the home back in tip-top shape.

Knowledge is power! Educate yourself on how best to prevent radon and to keep your house and family safe.