Have you ever considered how much radon is costing your family? A test can help determine the level of this dangerous gas in a home, and what steps need to be taken for protection. If you are buying or selling a home you should get a professional radon test. Radon testing is an important step to reducing the dangers of radon in your home, and it should be easy. You may be able to protect yourself and your family from health issues by getting a professional radon test. In this article, we will talk about testing and mitigating radon.
What is Radon?
You might be surprised to learn that an invisible, radioactive gas called radon can enter your home through tiny cracks in the foundation and cause cancer. Radon comes from natural deposits of uranium around us, it’s easily drawn into our homes by gaps or spaces beneath floors and open tantalum tiles on roofs. The level change for this dangerous substance will vary depending on where you live but some places may experience higher levels than others due to geology conditions.
Testing for Radon:
The best way to protect your family from radon is by testing every home for it. Radon testing can be done using short-term tests, continuous radon tests, and long-term tests. Test kits can be purchased online or at hardware stores and home improvement centers.
- Short-term tests will show how much variation there might be at different spots within the building. Also, it will take 48-120 hours to complete.
- Long-term tests will take more time but provide an accurate reading on whether or not we have any issues with this earth subject. Also, it will take 91 days to one year to complete and is conducted with the house under normal living conditions.
Testing results vary depending on location even within the same borders so getting tested soon after buying property makes sense regardless.
The amount you need to spend on your mitigation system will vary depending upon the design, size, quality of the foundation, and climatic conditions.
To reduce the risk of radon in your home, you can use a variety of methods. In some cases, it may be necessary to seal cracks and gaps on floors or walls before installing an effective system for reducing gas emissions below grade (such as sub-slab depressurization). These systems remove radon gas from below the foundation before it can enter the home. Other factors that will affect which method is right to include design preferences like size constraints along with cost considerations.