Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless, and colorless radioactive gas. It is produced due to the natural radioactive decay of uranium, present in soil and rocks. Traces of radon can also be found in water throughout Colorado.
Radon doesn’t cause much of a hazard in outdoor spaces since it is quickly diluted and is only present in low concentrations. However, the concentration levels may be higher in indoor spaces with minimal ventilation. Radon levels can vary substantially in buildings such as schools, homes, and offices, depending on their proximity to places like water treatment facilities, mines, and caves. Other factors that determine the concentration of radon in buildings include:
- Available routes that allow the passage of radon from rocks or soil into the building.
- Local geology of the area. For instance, the permeability of underlying soil and rocks and the uranium content in the area.
- Building materials.
- The airtightness of a building, its design, and the ventilation habits of the occupants.
Given its properties, it is possible that you may be living or working in a building with high radon levels without realizing it. The only sure way to determine if you are at risk of high radon exposure is by getting your home tested through a radon inspection. This is where Advanced Radon Systems is here to help!
Effects of Radon on Health
When radon escapes into the air from the ground, it decays further to produce radioactive particles. When you breathe in air filled with these particles, they are deposited on the cells lining the airways. Here, they can cause damage and potentially increase the chances of contracting lung cancer, especially if exposed to radon for prolonged periods.
Radon follows cigarette smoking as the second primary cause of lung cancer. Its exposure poses a lower risk of developing lung cancer than smoking, but it is still a serious health issue. Reports indicate that 15,000 to 20,000 annual lung cancer death cases in the United States can be attributed to radon exposure.
In addition, smoking and living in a house with high radon levels can significantly increase your chances of developing lung cancer. It poses a greater risk than if you were exposed to either factor exclusively. Most radon-related lung cancer deaths are reported among smokers. However, an estimated 10 percent of radon-related lung cancer deaths occur among non-smokers. It is important to test your home for radon to help mitigate radon exposure.
What to Do if Your Home Tests High for Radon
The radon level in your home is considered high if four picoCuries per liter (4pCi/L) or more is discovered during testing. You must, therefore, consider applying protective measures when moving into a building, especially in a radon-prone area like Colorado Springs. Fortunately, Advanced Radon Systems offers cost-efficient, well-tested and durable methods of radon mitigation for both new and existing buildings. Some common ways of reducing radon levels in buildings include:
- Installing a soil suction radon reduction system. Here, a three or four-inch pipe is installed to pull radon from beneath the building and vent it safely outside using a fan. This method prevents radon from building up inside the building.
- Sealing any openings or cracks in the foundation.
- Installing a gas-permeable layer under the flooring or slab of a building. This method is best applicable when a building is in the initial construction phase. It allows radon to move under the house. It is only applicable to buildings with a slab foundation or a basement and cannot apply in homes with a crawl space.
- Improving the ventilation in the building.
Get Professionals to Inspect Your Home’s Radon Levels Today
Since radon occurs naturally from the earth, there is always the risk of undiscovered exposure. At Advanced Radon Systems, we use the latest technologies to test radon in your home or commercial building and advise accordingly based on the results. We also apply high-quality workmanship to reduce radon in buildings with high levels. Please contact us today to get a free quote and book our services.