Radon is a radioactive gas that can’t undetectable with no special equipment. You can’t taste, smell, or see it, but this doesn’t mean this health hazard is not there. Radon causes lung cancer – in fact, it’s the No. 2 cause of lung cancer in the country next to smoking, and the No. 1 lung cancer cause among those who don’t smoke.
If your home has high concentrations of radon, it’s necessary to get it to acceptable levels. Reducing your home’s radon levels is possible on your own with a DIY kit or with the help of a Radon testing company in Salt Lake City. Here is more information about reducing radon in your home.
When to take action
If your house has two or more foundation design features – if you have a basement and a crawlspace, mitigation methods may be necessary to bring radon concentrations down to safe levels.
Examples of radon reduction methods
Here are fixes you can do to decrease the amount of radon in your home.
- Natural ventilation – opening doors, vents, and windows on the lower floors of a home can increase ventilation to reduce radon levels
- Soil suction – keeps radon from getting into the house by drawing it from below the house and letting it out of the house through a vent
- Sealing cracks, holes, and other openings in the house’s foundation – limits the flow of radon into the house
- Installing a heat recovery ventilator – this device increases ventilation by introducing outside air and reduces radon levels
- House or room pressurization – makes use of a fan to blow air into a room to create enough pressure to prevent the entry of radon
The costs of radon mitigation will depend on the size and layout of your home and the kinds of reduction methods done. Radon levels in most houses are not simple to eradicate, but addressing it has the same cost as other repairs. Get estimates from several contractors to help you determine a ballpark figure and choose the right contractor for the job.