According to the EPA, “radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.” When naturally occurring uranium in soil and groundwater decays, radon gas is released. If inhaled, the volatile gas can increase the risk of lung cancer.
How does radon get into your home?
Radon originates in the soil under your home, and finds its way inside through gaps or holes in the walls or floor. Once inside, radon gas can become trapped and build up over time. Ground water (usually private wells) is another potential source of radon. Any home, no matter the age, size or “draftiness,” is susceptible to a radon problem.
How to test for radon
To get an official reading, which you may need when selling a house, you will want to hire a professional tester. Radon levels are measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). The average indoor level is around 1.3 pCi/L. If the levels in your home exceed 4 pCi/L, measures to reduce radon should be taken. Our favorite professional is Michael Heath of New Vizions Home Inspections LLC – his dedication to thoroughness, accuracy and reliability is impressive!
How to reduce radon levels
There are several radon-reduction methods, but the most common is a ventilation system that pulls air from beneath your house and releases it above the roof.
Have you ever tested for radon in your home? If so, were radon reduction measures necessary? Again, call Michael Heath of New Vizions Home Inspections LLC today at (518) 421-5648 to take the first step to providing a safe and healthy environment for your family.