You Might Wonder If Your House Has Elevated Radon Levels
January is National Radon Action Month, so it’s time to find out if your house has elevated radon levels. This article explains why radon is a threat and what to do about it.
What is Radon?
If you know what radon is, you may be worried that your house has elevated radon levels. Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that is impossible to detect without a radon test. It’s dangerous because it does not cause any immediate health symptoms but can cause illness and even death after years of exposure. Radon gas comes up from the ground and the levels in your home vary depending on your location and other factors.
What Factors Lead to Elevated Radon Levels?
One of the major reasons for your house’s elevated radon levels are the openings throughout the home. Small holes in the foundation of the house or cracks in the concrete of basement floors and walls can allow radon to seep into your home. Your property’s soil and well water are sources of radon.
Professional radon testers can test the levels of radon in your living space. It is worth paying more to have a professional do it for you rather than buying a cheap radon test kit. A professional has experience and superior equipment that yields more accurate results, which is what you need when you are trying to protect your family’s health.
How Much Radon is too Much?
Trace amounts of radon in a home are not necessarily dangerous. The United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommends that radon levels at 4 pCi/L or above are dangerous and should be lowered as soon as possible. This does not mean that levels between 0 and 4 are safe, but it indicates that anything above 4 can pose serious health risks.
How Do I Lower my Home’s Radon level?
Fortunately, radon mitigation is a well-researched area. Most areas have multiple radon mitigation companies that can identify problem areas and implement a strategy to lower the levels.
The mitigation usually involves repairing areas in the house through which radon can enter. Additionally, it can include installing special equipment that will actively clear the radon from your home and vent it out to the atmosphere where it dissipates.
If your house has elevated radon levels, explore your options and request the help of professionals to reduce the dangerous radon levels. Radon is not something that you should ignore because its effects, in the long-term, can be devastating.