As a homeowner there are many things that you need to be aware of to keep you and your family safe. From mold to asbestos, a home can hide many hazards that you may not be aware of until you start to show symptoms from exposure. One of the most serious health hazards that can affect many homes in Colorado and all over the United States is radon.
Radon is often dubbed “the silent killer”. This is because radon is an invisible, odorless gas that is entirely undetectable without radon inspection or radon testing. To learn more about the silent killer and how you can prevent it from harming your family and household, take a look at this information from CoPro Home Inspection, your radon specialists.
What Is Radon?
Radon is a gas that is produced from decaying materials in the earth’s soil. When Radon seeps through the ground into the outside air, it can easily dissipate with no problems. Chances are, if you are standing outside in an area where radon is quite common, you could be exposed to a level of radon that is safe for humans. However, when radon seeps from the soil and through a foundation of a home, it can become trapped inside your home. Once inside, it contaminates the air we breathe and can become an extremely dangerous environment for us to live in.
Radon Exposure Symptoms
Unlike carbon monoxide poisoning, which can cause very serious health issues or death after a short time of exposure, radon symptoms won’t become apparent for a long period of time. However, radon exposure can and will cause very serious health problems if left undetected in the home, including lung cancer from years of exposure. Some of the most common symptoms of radon poisoning can include persistent cough, coughing up blood, wheezing, shortness of breath, hoarseness, chest pain, and frequent bronchitis or pneumonia infections. If you have these types of symptoms, or if you’ve never tested the levels inside your home before, the best form of action to take is to test your home for the presence of this silent and deadly gas.
If you are concerned about possible elevated radon gas levels in your home please call CoPro Home Inspection at 303-990-0393 or visit www.coprohomeinspection.com to schedule a test.