This could be killing you, and you have no idea!
When it comes to our homes, we don’t typically put much thought towards something that could potentially be damaging to our bodies and overall health, especially if you can’t physically see it. Sure, we all know about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and all the symptoms that come along with it like dizziness, chest pain, and confusion. However, if you dive deeper there’s an even deadlier substance lurking below our homes that is completely symptom free, and before you catch it, it’s often times too late.
Let’s back track a little so you can get a feel for our history and most importantly completely avoid all the mistakes we wished we never made.
We purchased our home in 2014. We had three kids, the youngest not even crawling yet, and we were completely over the moon with our purchase. We locked down the land we wanted, the school system we wanted, the character we wanted, we didn’t think anything could bring us down from the cloud 9 we were happily sitting on. Looking back now, there are so many things we would have changed, but I want to make it clear that this isn’t an issue talked about enough. Rookies, if you will, in home ownership, we took everything lightly in the beginning and brushed it off our shoulders.
The paperwork was signed and we were on our way to living our dreams, or so we thought. During the home inspection, our inspector ran a radon test in our basement to check the levels in our home. Radon was something neither Scot and I have ever really heard of, or given any thought to before this home. We agreed to the test because it was recommended by our home inspector. The test had to remain down there at the lowest level of our home for a few days, and when we finally got the results back our numbers were at a 17. We initially we’re alarmed, but not alarmed enough to stay out the the house until it was fixed. We preformed some basic google searches like, “What is radon?”, “Is Radon harmful?”, “Long term affects of Radon exposure?”.
All in all the general consensus was that yes radon is bad for you, but the exposure was worse if you were a smoker. We also stumbled across several articles that played devils advocate for radon making bold statements like, “It’s all a ploy/conspiracy act for companies to make money on your home!”, “Radon does not cause any harm!”. Again…if we had only listened to our guts almost five years ago we wouldn’t be in the position we’re in now.
Fast forward to today. We still haven’t addressed our radon issues, but things are about to change. First and foremost, in case you’re not aware, January is Radon Awareness month. Click HERE to be linked to the National Radon Action Month’s website to become more educated and aware of this deadly gas. Before I continue I wanted to share a few radon facts with you that you might not know about.
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. (source)
Radon in soil under homes is the biggest source of radon in indoor air, and presents a greater risk of lung cancer than radon in drinking water.
Radon is everywhere. You can use this map to check out what the levels are in your area, and whether you’re at risk or not.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and flavorless gas at ordinary temperature and pressure.
So fast forward to present day and we currently own this Airthings continuous reader in the basement. Right now our numbers are sitting around 12-15. However, the other day because Radon increases with rain, was reading at a 54. Yes you read that right, our radon was reading at a 5-4. Insane, and so incredibly scary. Want another reason to think about the radon situation in your home? Just today our friends at Airthings share a story about an US Olympian, Rachael Malmberg. You can read/watch more about her story HERE
This story is scary, terrifying, but so incredibly eye opening to how you can take the steps TODAY to make sure you can avoid all the dangers of radon in your home.
We have officially scheduled our mitigation system to be installed by a local reputable company. If you would like the contact information please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seven days can’t go by quick enough.
To say we’re looking forward to having our mitigation system installed is an EXTREME understatement. We will be documenting the entire process to help spread as much awareness as possible when it comes to radon. We feel extremely empowered to become advocates to eliminate the risk of radon in your own home. Radon comes up in conversations with friends that have never heard of or thought twice about before.
If you’re reading this post, I highly, HIGHLY encourage you to share it. Share it with all of your friends and family. Take the initiative and purchase a continuous reader like this one to start protecting your family and come up with a plan to rid your home of this odorless, damaging gas. We’re also attaching a photo below, and we would love for you to Pin it to get the word out there. If this blog post reaches a handful of people, we feel like that’s a great way to start a radon movement.