Protecting Your Home's Interior From Radon Exposure

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If you live in an area where radon is located in the soil content in high levels, you are most likely concerned about the possibility of it getting into your home. Radon is emitted from the decay of uranium in a gas form and puts those in its path at the risk of contracting lung cancer. Radon levels are higher in particular parts of the country; however, all states are known to have an exposure risk. Since radon is an odorless gas, it can seep into your home without your knowledge. Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and family members from exposure to this gas.

Get Your Home Tested To Find Out Levels

The first step in keeping radon from harming those in your home is to get the air tested inside of your home. A radon kit can be purchased to do a test on your own. This requires you to collect air samples from your home for several days in a row. Small testers are placed in the lowest level of your home and mailed to a testing service for analysis after the recommended time period. While these short-term tests will give you an indication of a problem, it will be necessary to repeat the testing process a few times to rule out a radon problem. A longer term test can be conducted with use of an electrical monitoring device. This is usually installed and evaluated by a professional testing service.

Increase The Air Flow In Your Home

Radon inside of the home will disperse if airflow is increased where it is present. Opening your windows or doors will release any buildup of gas, replacing it with oxygen to breathe in instead. A radiation mitigation system can be installed underneath your foundation to aid in dispersing gas to areas away from your basement. This will need to be installed by a professional contractor who works with pipes and fans to push radon away from your living space.

Use A Concrete Sealer To Keep Radon Out

If radon is discovered in your home, sealing the concrete foundation is necessary to help keep gas from seeping inside in the future. This can be done by a concrete sealing service to ensure even coverage of a protective agent along all portions of your foundation and basement flooring. The sealant will fill in all porous spots of your cement as well as any cracks within the material. Radon will no longer be able to penetrate through this level, keeping your home free of hazardous gas as a result. Click here for more info.

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