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 if radon gas is present in your home, you may be wondering if you should move. You don’t have to move and even if you did, radon levels can change and be found in any home you move to. You can easily correct the problem through the installation of a radon mitigation system. These soil gas ventilation systems can be hidden within or outside the house and won’t break the bank.

What’s the problem with radon gas?

Radon gas is the second leading cause for lung cancer in the country. It causes more than 21,000 people annually. Radon gas causes 7 times more lung cancer cases than secondhand smoke. Radon is exponentially more damaging to the lungs of a smoker based upon a combined effect.

Where does radon gas come from?

Radon occurs naturally in the ground. Radioactive uranium can be found anywhere in the U.S. As uranium decays, it becomes radioactive radon gas.  

How does radon enter the home?

Radon is drawn into the home through entry points in the concrete slab, foundation or crawl spaces and even pipes. 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. The World Health Organization has set a reference level to reduce radon levels greater than 2.7 pCi/L.

Should I move if I have dangerous radon levels in my home?

No, you don’t have to move if you have high radon levels! Mitigation systems are an effective way to lower dangerous levels of radon gas. 

How do radon mitigation systems work?

Radon mitigation systems work by creating a vacuum in the soil below the foundation of the house. A radon fan runs 24/7 to continuously pull radon gas out from under the home. It is then vented above the roof line, at a safe level above the home.

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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 professionally installed radon mitigation system, you can live peacefully knowing that your home is now a safer place to breathe.

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