What Is Radon Gas And Why Is It Dangerous?
Radon is a tasteless, odourless and colourless gas, which is formed due to the decay of uranium (radioactive element) in the soil and water. It is a heavy, radioactive gas, and you must be knowing about the danger it poses but what do you do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the harmful effects of radon exposure?
Radon exposure isn’t a joke! There are severe consequences of heightened level exposure to this gas. The fact that you cannot see or smell the gas, still ingest it on a daily basis, is an alarming concern.
Myths About Radon Testing
The following are three misleading facts (myths) about radon testing, which are the major causes of ignorance among individuals regarding the danger it poses:
● If you don’t have a basement, then you don’t have to hire radon testing experts.
● If your house is built on a crawl space, then testing isn’t required.
● If you have a walkout basement, then you don’t have to test for radon.
Severe Effects of Radon Exposure
You must be wondering how can radon enter your house or office space, but didn’t you read that radon is present in the soil and water, which is how it enters your premises. After entering, it gets trapped, and the concentration of this radioactive gas keeps on increasing; making the area hazardous for your health.
Radon exposure is considered the leading cause of lung cancer around the world because the molecules of the gas breakdown into tiny elements which cling on to the inner lining of the lungs. Initially, you might feel shortness of breath or dry coughing, but at a later stage, it can turn into lung cancer or other lung-related diseases.
The concentration of radon gas is higher in basements than other rooms of the house because it is closer to the contaminated soil than other places. Radon is considered the largest contributor to a person’s overall amount of radiation, that he/she is carrying around.
Radon tends to be heavier than air which is why it settles in the low-lying areas. It gets trapped in enclosed spaces like buildings, crawl spaces and basements, etcetera.
If you smoke, then stop it right away! You must be knowing about all the harmful effects of smoking, but do you know that radon is synergistic in nature. A synergistic effect can be explained as an aggravating effect, which means that it elevates the chances of other diseases. In simple words, radon exposure makes your body prone to severe diseases; facilitating the effects of smoking because all the other harmful effects of your habits are doubled/tripled.
How To Test For Radon Gas
If you are concerned about radon exposure, then purchase a home kit for radon testing. But it can be tricky, so it’s better to hire a professional service that can conduct a thorough check to make sure that it is not hidden in any nook and corner of your house. The concern is not just finding its presence, but to determine the source of it. This is something that only professional tests can determine, so it’s better to call an expert than do it yourself. They will also be equipped with the right tools to gather data for penetration and accurate concentration levels of radon gas inside the house, which is necessary to devise solutions for the same.
Even if you are a little doubtful about radon gas concentration levels at your house, then make sure your loved ones are away from the site. Health always comes before money!
How To Remove Radon Gas
If the concentration levels are above the recommended threshold, then you can use appropriate mitigation techniques to reduce the levels quickly. One such method is positive pressure ventilation which raises the air pressure inside your house; preventing outside air to flow in. You can also seal all floor penetrations to prevent the gas from seeping from below. If you have heard that adding ventilation to your basement or crawl space can help, then it is another myth about radon exposure; so avoid it immediately. This facilitates the movement of outside air into the home, which explains why it can be responsible for raising the concentration levels.
It is never too late to move forward, so take a step towards a healthy environment right away!