Radon ranks as the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a smoker who lives in a home with high radon levels is at increased risk of developing lung cancer. Radon is a common challenge across the country, and Tennessee is a hotbed. Having your home tested is the most effective way to determine whether you and your family are at risk of high radon exposure.
According to several authority sources, radon is a radioactive gas that forms naturally when radioactive metals like uranium, thorium and radium break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. People are primarily exposed to radon by breathing it in air that comes through cracks and gaps in homes and buildings. Because radon occurs naturally, people are always exposed to it. In Tennessee, 13 counties are listed as ZONE 1, meaning that homes in those areas are likely to have radon levels higher than 4.0 pCi/L. These include most Middle and East Tennessee countries.
Symptoms of High Radon Exposure:
- Persistent cough
- Protracted Chest pain
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble swallowing
- Shortness of breath
- Frequent infections like bronchitis and pneumonia
- Lung cancer
The harmful health impact of radon exposure makes it a concern for anyone in the country, but that doesn’t mean you are stuck living with fear and dangers of radon exposure. With routine radon testing, you can take charge of your wellness and make your home safe and habitable for you and your family.
When considering radon tests, you have an option of choosing between a self-service testing by purchasing a radon test kit or a professional radon testing and mitigation service in Tennessee. Although DIY radon testing is relatively easy and inexpensive, short-term testing can take from a few days to 90 days while long-term testing takes more than 90 days to get a reading.
Also, you need to take the test kit to a laboratory to determine radon level. This can steal out of your time, which you could spend focusing on your job, or family. Choosing a professional radon testing company ensures that the sample is carefully collected, tested and analyzed within the shortest time possible and without any stress on your part. Additionally, the US Environmental Protection agency recommends hiring a certified professional radon contractor to test for radon in the event that you’re buying or selling a home.
If you need a professional radon testing service in Tennessee, contact Radon1 today. Radon1 offers residential and commercial radio testing services to residents of Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and numerous other cities across Tennessee. For more information, visit their official website or call: 800-323-2653.