Radon is a radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell, or taste. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and seeps into our homes through cracks and other openings in foundations. In high concentrations, radon exposure can lead to lung cancer. That’s why it’s crucial to test your home for radon before it becomes a serious problem.
What is radon?
Radon is an odorless and colorless radioactive gas produced by the natural decay of uranium found in soil, rocks or water. Radon gets into houses through foundation cracks and gaps found above structures such as basements where humans live.
Why test for Radon?
As we mentioned earlier, living in an environment with high levels of radon can lead to cancer – specifically lung cancer. Some cancers like bronchial carcinoma are linked to long-term exposure to radon so testing your home will give you peace of mind knowing whether your abode has concentrations that require mitigation.
When should I test my house for radon?
It’s advisable that you test your house every 2 years especially if new foundation cracks surface during renovations or work outside affects moisture levels below ground level beneath buildings.
Testing should also occur after major changes have been made around the internal structure, drainage systems outside modifications et cetera. . . Radons level might change over time due to movement underground necessitating periodic checks on a routine schedule.
Here’s how you can test your Home for Radon:
There are two types of tests: short-term and long-term . You can purchase kits from hardware stores or hire professionals with electronic monitors.
Determine which room to test, preferably one with the potential for highest concentration of radon. This could be a basement, crawl space or room with cracks near window sills and similar locations.
Purchase and open the canister according to product package instructions at least 48hrs before starting with test taking operations.
Position the open container in your selected room on a flat surface free from interference. , ensuring it remains in place for testing duration
Close windows or basically anything that would disrupt ventilation significantly during testing. Ideally maintain baseline air conditioning to make conditions as consistent as possible during testing
After about 2 days remove container seal then move it to pre-addressed envelope included in purchased kit for shipping out to lab awaiting results
Long-term tests are typically more accurate than short-term ones and are highly recommended.
Two options below:
1) Purchase an electronic device specifically designed for long term monitoring
2) Place short term detectors strategically throughout home over roughly Ninety days after which send them off kegs back into relevant labs for analysis.
Now let’s get into some Q&A:
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Conducting these tests yourself using kits costs between $50-$200 whilst enlisting professional assistance is usually higher-priced between $100 – above 500 depending on scope of work required amongst other factors.
Q: Are there health risks associated with radon mitigation?
A: Yes – It’s important to note that mitigating potential hazard will require increased ventilation systems among other changes especially when levels surpasses safety thresholds. However, labor activities involved are relatively safe if performed by professionals.
Mitigating Radon Levels In Your Home
There are various ways you can mitigate high concentrations of radon. Here are some effective measures:
One of the most effective mitigation techniques involves increasing ventilation around internal areas to ease build-up of radon. UV lamps work well sprinkling water about or crack sealing are also effective.
Install A Radon Reduction System
This significantly and often permanently reduces presence of radons in indoor air after detectors have informed you about poor concentration levels. Some states require professional installation
Seal Foundation Cracks
Cracks in foundation tend to act as large entry points for radioactive particles into your properties hence reducing potential seepage through these areas is crucial and relatively affordable way to mitigate concentrations from reaching the point where their concentration exceeds acceptable Safety thresholds.
In conclusion, don’t take chances when it comes to your family’s safety-health. If you haven’t tested your home for radon, now’s the time! And if results show high concentrations, there are effective mitigation techniques available. As they say, prevention is always better than cure – so follow our guide and keep yourself free from this dangerous gas’.