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Why Radon Exists in Your House? 

»Posted by on Sep 25, 2020 in Radon Mitigation | 0 comments

Radon gas is created once elements like radium and uranium decay. This gas contains radioactive particles, which can damage our lung’s linings once we breathe them in. If we become subject to high radon levels over a long duration, expect that you’ll have lung cancer. As a matter of fact, radon is the 2nd major cause of lung cancer, next to smoking. Radon naturally exists in the ground, and there are some typical reasons why your home has radon, which is hazardous for you and your family especially when they are in high concentrations. Here are some of the causes: 

 

Well water 

If you are depending on well water taken from an aquifer, there’s a possibility that the water has radon. Since well water is in close contact with the soil and rocks that contain radon, this can be transported into your house. The gas is released into your indoor air while taking a shower, washing the dishes, and even brushing your teeth.  

Natural stone 

Within your home, all types of natural stone may get a few hints of radioactive elements such as radium and uranium, which naturally occur and degenerate into some radioactive elements such as radon gas. Certain stone slab’s radioactive contents differ, and you basically need to be in close exposure to deal with what radon gas can impact in your natural stone. 

Gaps and cracks 

As crawlspaces and basements can encounter radon issues, cement foundations, whether basement or slab, is especially problematic due to the porous nature of cement. Meaning, radon can easily get into your house especially if your foundation or cement has any gaps and cracks around pipes and in your flooring.  

Rocks 

The rocks found below your house give a great part of the radon escaping into the home. Stones and rocks have radioactive materials veins that decay into radon. As radon released from rocks outdoor dispels in the air outside, the rocks’ radon beneath your foundation is directly released through tiny gaps and cracks into your house.  

Soil 

The soil under your house is the source of radon that you need to be cautious of the most. Radon is made from the radioactive element’s decay that basically happens in the soil’s stones and rocks. When there’s radon within the ground beneath your house, it’ll search its way through porous materials, gaps, and cracks into your house. 

Solutions of radon cause in your house 

Before you start the process of radon mitigation, make sure to get your house tested first. The radon action level of the U.S EPA is 4.0 pCi/L, the desired level would be 2.0 pCi/L, while the perfect level is the general outdoor concentration of 0.4 pCi/L. Although, it’s hard to reduce radon levels that’s less than 2.0 pCi/L. 

As soon as you’ve determined your level, you can decide if it’s cost-effective to set up a radon mitigation system. To know better, it would be best to consult with the experts and know what measures you should take regarding the radon symptoms and radon level you have in your house.  

 

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