High Radon Levels, Should I Move?

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High Radon Levels, Should I Move?

High Radon Levels, Should I Move?

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Radon testing can help give you peace of mind knowing that you’re protecting your family from exposure to this toxic gas. But what if radon gas is present in your home, you may be wondering if you have to move because of this. You don’t have to move and even if you did, high radon levels can be found in any home. You can easily correct the problem through the installation of a radon mitigation system. These soil gas ventilation systems can be hidden within the house and won’t break the bank.

What’s the problem with radon?

Radon gas is the second leading cause for lung cancer in the country. It kills more than 20,000 people annually. Radon gas causes 7 times more lung cancer cases than second hand smoke. Radon is especially dangerous for smokers based upon a combined effect.

Where does radon gas come from?

Radon occurs naturally in the soil. It is a decay product of radioactive uranium. Uranium becomes radium and radium becomes radioactive radon gas.

How does radon enter the home?

Radon is drawn into the home through radon entry points in the concrete slab, foundation or crawl spaces. The home has a natural negative pressure that pulls radon gas in from the soil.

What levels of radon gas should I worry about?

No level of radon gas is considered “safe.” The United States EPA has established the radon level of 4 pico-curies per liter (pCi/L) as the level to take action to reduce. The World Health Organization has set a reference level to reduce radon levels greater than 2.7 pCi/L.

How do radon mitigation systems work?

Radon mitigation systems work by creating a vacuum in the soil below the foundation of the house. Radon vent systems run 24/7 to continuously pull radon gas out of the soil and vent it at a safe level above the home.

How much do radon mitigation systems cost?

The cost of the radon mitigation system can vary depending on the size of the home and the construction style. Homes that have exposed dirt or gravel crawl spaces are more expensive because the crawl space must be sealed with an airtight membrane.

 

Radon gas does not have to ruin the way you look at your home, radon problems can be corrected and you can continue to live in the home that you love. Once you correct the radon gas problem with a properly installed radon mitigation system, you can live peacefully knowing that your home is now a safer place to breathe.

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