The importance of having a Radon Gas Detector cannot be stressed enough. Many don’t realize that Radon can easily accumulate inside buildings and confined spaces. Radon Gas is, according the surgeon general, the second leading cause of lung cancer, smoking being the first.
So what is Radon?
Radon Gas is a natural byproduct of rock decay. As rocks bio degrade with time, the uranium in them breaks down and gives off radon. The radon given off seeps up the ground through the soil. Normally, in the outdoors, Radon is not harmful because it gets dispersed in the air and at such low concentrations does not do damage to the human body.
But what happens when Radon seeps up into cracks in foundations and walls of buildings and homes? Radon can get in through the smallest cracks and if you have a digital radon gas detector you can go to your basement and get a reading.
What is a Safe Level of Radon?
The E.P.A standards acceptable level is a 4 pCi/L, which is a fancy term meaning pico-curie per litre. It’s kind of like saying p.p.m. or parts per million. Anyways, anything above a 4 is not safe and specific measures can be taken to reduce the levels of radon in your home.
Radon Gas Mitigation- 5 ways to decrease the Radon in your home.
Here are 5 ways to rid your house of excess Rason Gas:
* Improving the ventilation of the house and avoiding the transport of radon from the basement into living rooms;
* Increasing under-floor ventilation;
* Installing a radon sump system in the basement;
* Sealing floors and walls; and
* Installing a positive pressurization or positive supply ventilation system.
By following these procedures, and doing some more research, you can align your household radon concentrations with those of outside.