High levels of radon in your home can cause serious health problems. A radon inspection can detect your levels and what you need to do to proceed. Here are the basics about radon, what it is, and how to reduce high levels.
What is Radon?
Radon comes from the breakdown of naturally-occurring radioactive elements (such as uranium and thorium) in soils and rocks. It’s a colorless and odorless gas that can get trapped in your home. According to the EPA, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmoking individuals. Because of this health hazard, it’s essential to have your home tested for radon.
Iron Horse Home Inspection can perform testing to determine your levels of radon. If the test shows elevated levels, at or above the EPA action level of 4.0, it’s time to take action.
Elevated Radon Levels — Now What?
If your radon inspection comes back with higher levels, don’t despair. Here are some tips to help reduce levels if they are slightly elevated.
- Sealing foundation cracks and openings with polyurethane caulk. This can help prevent the flow of radon into your house.
- Tightly install polyurethane sheeting over crawlspace areas.
While these repairs might make the difference if you have only slightly elevated levels, a radon mitigation system may be needed for anything higher.
Radon Mitigation Systems
The installation of a radon mitigation system is a fairly easy process. It involves placing a vent pipe into the soil and drawing the radon out through a fan. The placement of the pipe can determine its cost.
- Venting on the side of the house will be less costly.
- Running a vent through the house to the roof will be less noticeable and generally more expensive.
If your home hasn’t been tested for radon, now is the time to act. Contact John at Iron Horse Home Inspection. He will guide you through the process and make sure your home is safe for you and your family.