Most people have either never heard of radon, or don’t exactly know what it is to begin with. This is typically why the health hazards that it represents are often overlooked. What radon comes from is radium decaying naturally and it soaks into the earth. This means that rocks, soil, and other things you would build your house on can all have the potential of emitting poisonous air that you can’t see or smell. Usually the way the radon gases get into your home is by seeping through the cracks of your foundation, and once it is in your home, it is very important to clean the air inside of your home.
It is common for inspectors to check a home when it is for sale for radon content, and see if the level is at a degree that presents health risks. If you have been in your for an extended period of time, and do not even remember if your house has ever been checked, it would be a good time to schedule an appointment. Having a professional come out and check the levels of radon in your home is not a time consuming project, and it is not very costly either. If you do have high radon content in the air of your home, your next step is to get it mitigated, and you can install a radon mitigation system in your home that acts very effectively.
Overall, a radon mitigation system is easy to operate and install, and doesn’t break the bank when purchasing one. The two different types of mitigation systems are either passive or active. One example of a system is a sub-slab depressurization system. Depending on the application, you might need to get a sub-membrane depressurization system. Depending on the content level of radon, both of the different types of systems might be needed.
Other ways to help prevent radon from compromising the air you breathe in your home is by making sure there are no cracks in your foundation. Checking your basement walls and basement floors for cracks would be the first step. After you locate cracks, no matter how small they appear, you should get them sealed. This combined with a mitigation system will keep you and your family’s health where it should be. Radon gas has actually accounted for many cases of lung cancer and other very serious medical conditions, so do not look past this aspect of home safety.