Not all things in nature are good for you. Radon is one of the naturally occurring radioactive gasses that is released into the area from the soil and rocks that are around your home. It is colorless and odorless, and it can easily come into your home through windows, cracks, or other holes in the home, including pipes, vents, and chimneys. If you use well water, it can also be carried into the home in the water and released during showering, laundry, running the dishwasher, or other water uses.
High levels of radon gas, which is considered at or above 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) of air, is linked to an increased risk of developing radon-associated lung cancer. The risk of lung cancer is even higher among people who smoke or are exposed to both second-hand smoke and high levels of radon concentrations in their homes.
Tips for Reducing Radon Exposure
There are ways that homeowners can help manage the levels of radon in a home. These include:
- Radon Testing – have the home air tested by a qualified radon tester to determine the current radon levels. Radon is often most concentrated in the basement and lower levels of the home.
- Install a radon reduction system – also known as a radon mitigation system, these systems help to reduce the levels of radon in the home. These systems are highly effective, reasonably priced, and can reduce radon levels by as much as 99%.
- Seal leaks in your home – hiring a company to find where the air is entering your home allows you to seal leaks and limit exposure to radon.
- Increase air flow – using proper ventilation methods helps to move air and prevent higher concentrations of radon. This is not a method to eliminate radon, but it can be a temporary option to reduce high concentrations.
If you have questions about how to address residential radon exposure in your home in Loveland, Fort Collins, or Northern Colorado, Aqua Restoration is here to help. Call us today at 970-402-1036 to schedule a test.