Testing and Mitigation for Radon Gas

The natural decay of uranium results in the formation of a colorless odorless gas known as radon. Radon gas is radioactive and can cause serious health damage since it is invisible and hard to detect until it has caused damage that is in most cases irreversible. Radon gas is common in the atmosphere but is not harmful outdoors as it is filtered and diffused. It is harmful when it is trapped in an enclosed space such as a house where it is potentially fatal. Radon gas has few effects but they are very harmful to health. Short-term effects include headaches, dizziness and fatigue although these are have not been proven. Long-term effects are many. Radon gas causes thousands of lung cancer annually. It is the second most common cause of lung cancer after smoking. Deaths from radon gas are hundred times those caused carbon monoxide.

The protection against radon gas is through knowing when your house is contaminated and what to do when that happens. The most common sources of radon gas in houses is through seepage through the foundation of the house. If a structure was built on soil that is radon contaminated, it is likely to seep into the house from underground. However, this is not the only way that the gas can get into your house. it can get in through the vents and air conditioning units.

To know if your house has been contaminated with radon gas, you have to do a radon test in your house which you need a radon test kit to do.This is guaranteed to give you accurate levels of radon gas in your house if there is any. The EPA recommends that a radon test be done in all houses. Radon testing is not expensive and is relatively easy. Radon test kits can be purchased from hardware and drug stores cheaply across the United States.

If the results from radon gas testing reveal that there are dangerous levels of the gas in your house, you should not evacuate immediately. You should work to reduce the levels so that the effects can be minimal. One radon mitigation action to take is to suck the gas out of the house through the attic. Use plastic sheeting to cover the soil that is contaminated and seal all cracks and openings where the gas could have seeped through. Meanwhile you should call a professional certified by the EPA to control the gas. You should keep testing for radon gas levels in your house after the reduction job is completed to make sure that the levels remain safe. Watch this video to know how much radon testing will cost:  https://youtu.be/HIvxJ0KgdQc