When buying a new home, especially for the first time, many people can be balancing dozens of different plans and concerns. Between your extensive plans for the backyard and your intentions of renovating the basement, there is a common but serious threat living in the walls of your house: radon.
The Risks of Radon
Radon is a gas that is formed when uranium breaks down in soils. All rocks on Earth contain a tiny supply of uranium, and are usually not harmful, but as time goes on, uranium slowly decays into other elements and expels radon particles as the process continues. It is extremely dangerous, as it cannot be seen, smelt, or tasted. According to the EPA, radon poisoning is the second leading cause of lung cancer and lung cancer deaths in America, with it being the leading cause among non-smokers. Although the average level of radon in a home is about 1.3 pCi/L, this number can still cause a cancer rate of 2% amongst those smokers exposed to it. Some houses, if left unchecked, can rise as high as 20 pCi/L, with the dangers increasing just as drastically.
What To Do
Radon gas primarily enters the household through cracks or holes in the exterior near to the ground, so the first thing you should do is seal all cracks and openings in the building. Proper ventilation of your home and of the soil beneath it can prevent future radon leaks, so be sure to circulate the air between all the levels of your home. Finally, consider investing in a sub-slab decompression system, as the system works to gather up the radon beneath your home and expel it safely outside.
If you are a new home owner and are looking to secure your friends and family from potential radon poisoning, give our certified home inspectors a call today at (712) 274-9617 or email us at email@example.com regarding regular radon tests and disbursement!