You still feel frustrated, but also incredibly grateful for all the people from out of state who are trucking in hay and supplies and volunteers. There are many caring people outside of your wonderful state and they are appreciated. One of the reasons you are frustrated is that it is so easy to discount Nebraska as some place in the middle of nowhere that the rest of the country forgets exists. And yet, when you read the details about the role Nebraska plays in feeding everyone, and then look at the pictures of the recent flooding you begin to grasp the magnitude of the disaster caused by this month’s flooding. If other cannot relate because it is just Nebraska, then many will begin to understand when they see what it does to their grocery bill. The farmers and ranchers of the country need the help of the government.
The latest snow melting and rain have created situations that are even more serious than testing for radon in the basement of a home you are purchasing. And while you may not have spent energy and time on sump pump installation in the past, as new weather events are making even more family consider this addition to their home.
Testing for Radon and Installing a Sump Pump Can Help You Protect Your Family and Your Home
Residential radon testing services help families know that an odorless and invisible gas is not putting their family’s health at risk. And while radon testing and inspection requirements are often a part of any home closing, there are many who do not check for this danger once they home purchase is complete. Regular testing, however, can help you rest easy at night knowing that your spouse and your children are safe. Consider some of these other facts and figures about radon testing and mitigation services and the reasons that it is important to test these items on a regular basis:
- Nearly 1 in 15 U.S. homes in the U.S. is estimated to have radon levels at or above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level.
- Short term radon detectors measure radon levels for two days to 90 days, depending on the device.
- Long term radon tests determine the average concentration for 90 days and more.
- An average of one in three homes checked in seven states and on three Indian lands had screening levels over 4 pCi/L, the EPA’s recommended action level for radon exposure, according to the EPA.
- Scientists estimate that lung cancer deaths could be reduced by 2% to 4%, representing about 5,000 deaths, by lowering radon levels in homes exceeding the EPA’s action level.
- Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. today, according to Surgeon General warnings.
Testing for radon is an important part of the home buying process in many states. Unfortunately, most people never check these levels again after they move in. If, however, you want to make sure that your home is really a safe place for your family then you should have the radon levels checked once a year.