Radon gas is a health hazard that causes lung cancer. Radon is naturally-occurring and travels up into your home from the ground if you live in an area where radon is problematic.
If you've never heard about residential radon gas issues, then here are the answers to some common questions:
How Do I Know If Radon Gas Is a Problem in my Home?
It is straightforward and inexpensive to test your home for the presence of radon gas. You can purchase a low-cost DIY test kit at a local hardware store or have professional radon-level testing performed by a pest control company.
There are two different types of DIY radon tests. One is a short-term test you place under your home for weeks to months. The other DIY test kits are long-term and designed to be left in a basement or crawlspace for up to a year.
Professional radon-level testing is the way to go if you want a professional opinion or plan to sell your home. Once you have the results, you can either take restorative action or show potential buyers that the house is otherwise free of this hazard.
Can You Completely Eliminate Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring gas, and as such, you can never completely get rid of it. Regarding radon, the goal is reducing your indoor exposure to the gas instead of eliminating the threat like you would termites or other household problems.
Radon gas is always harmful but becomes more dangerous to your health the higher the concentration in your home. Once you know you have radon from testing, the goal is to reduce the amount of radon inside your house.
How Are Residential Radon Gas Problems Remediated?
If the radon gas level testing of your home reveals there is a problem, the health of your family and pets depends on taking action to remediate the problem. If you ignore the problem, someone in your home may develop lung cancer or other lung problems years down the road from the exposure.
There are a few different ways to reduce the radon gas in your home. The most popular method is to install a vent pipe with a small fan in the basement or crawlspace beneath the house. The fan runs continually, venting radon gas from the soil out into the atmosphere and away from your home.
Plastic sheeting is put down to form a vapor barrier between the ground and the open space for minor radon problems emitting from unfinished, bare-dirt basements or crawlspaces. This keeps radon gas below the sheeting and away from harming your family.
Reach out to a radon test service to learn more.Share
17 November 2022
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