Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decomposition of uranium in soil, rock and water. It moves through the ground and into your home. While some radon is present in all homes, it can become dangerous at high levels. Radon cannot be detected by smell, sight or taste, but it can still be a dangerous presence in your home. The only way you know this is the case is to invest in radon testing and treatment in Des Moines, IA and ensure it is under control. January is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Radon Action Month—here is what you can do this month to ensure your home is safe:
- Test your home: Sir Build-A-Lot offers discounts on radon testing this month to make it easier to retain our services. Both the EPA and the Surgeon General recommend regular radon testing, since it can cause serious respiratory symptoms that are especially brutal for those with chronic conditions. There are DIY tests on the market, but you will secure much better results if you hire a trained professional who can not only test for radon, but remediate the problem, too.
- Attend a National Radon Action Month event: Many customers prefer more education before they retain our services. This is understandable, and the best place to do this is at an event. There you will learn more about radon, how we test for it and how it is removed, if your home has too much of it. You will also learn the signs and symptoms of radon exposure so you know when to act. More information will keep your home safe and help you rest easy should you need to hire us or another radon removal expert.
- Spread the word: If your home tests positive for high amounts of radon, share the news. As explained, this is a naturally occurring development that does not reflect on your ability as a homeowner, so this does not need to be a big embarrassing secret. If you find excess radon in your home, chances are, your neighbors are also vulnerable. Sharing this information with those you know may encourage them to also test their homes and ensure they remain safe for their households. If you are more of an introverted writing type, consider writing op-eds or letters to the editor to encourage people to test for radon.
- Look into radon resistant homes: If you are house hunting, know that radon-resistant construction is available. The new greener homes contain barriers that help radon from developing and getting into your home. Most of these techniques are practical and will not add to your home price. So, if you are in the market for your next home, ask about radon resistance and other green features that could save you money and reduce your health risks.
This month, Sir Build-A-Lot is offering discounted radon testing and treatment for your home or business in Des Moines, IA. Learn more details on our home page and visit us at Booth X in the upcoming Des Moines Home and Garden Show, February 6-9. Let us help you make your home a safer place!