If you have discovered that your home has high radon levels, you’re not alone. Did you know that about 6% of all homes have tested positive for this gas? Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that naturally occurs in rock and soil. It can seep into your home through the basement, wall joints, and cracks in the foundation. The gas is dangerous when it is trapped indoors and becomes concentrated.
The good news is that you can take steps to reduce radon in the home.
Hire a Professional Radon Mitigation Contractor
For best results, hire a professional to install a radon mitigation system. This type of system uses a fan and vent pipe to direct the gas out of your home.
Retest to Check for High Radon Levels
Once your radon professional has finished installing the radon mitigation system, they will retest the home to make certain the system is working. The mitigation system is meant to keep your levels low. However, continuing to test for radon is the only way to know with certainty that your home remains safe after mitigation.
The cost of a radon mitigation system varies based on where you live and the size of your home. Installation of a quality, functioning system is a small price to pay to keep your family safe from the effects of radon gas.
Thinking About the Future
If you ever decide to build your own home, you can proactively address high radon levels. Ask your contractor to build in radon-resistant features like plastic sheeting underneath the foundation, a vent pipe, and proper sealing of cracks. Test annually for radon after moving into your new home. Keep track of the levels of radon gas to improve indoor air quality and keep your family healthy and safe.