If your home has a radon level of 4 pCi/l, you may be exposing your family to 35 times the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would allow. In fact, it’s akin to standing next to a radioactive waste site. Radon is a serious issue throughout the United States and must be mitigated to protect the health and safety of yourself and your family.
The Importance of Local Radon Testing
The seriousness of radon in your home is real and you have every right to be concerned. The best way to get peace of mind about radon levels is to have your home tested by a residential radon testing service. You can also have them explain how to get rid of radon on your own.
Although the state of Colorado does not legally require testing for radon when purchasing a home, you can still choose to test on your own. Radon gases come from underground and seep into our homes through the soil, sump pump installation, or the foundation. This is why most radon tests are conducted in the basement of a home. It is important to remember that you have little control over radon levels getting too high. There is no way of knowing until you test for it. The good news is that you have complete control when it comes to mitigating the radon issue.
What Is Radon Mitigation?
To “mitigate” is to reduce the severity of something. Radon mitigation is simply reducing the severity of a radon issue using ventilation and vapor barriers. There are a few ways this can be done, and the way your home was built will most likely determine the type of radon mitigation necessary. There are three types of categories that help us determine this: basement, slab-on-grade, and crawl space.
Steps You Can Take to Prevent Radon in Your Home
If you have invested in a sump pump installation, get it covered. Covering your sump pump may not completely fix your radon level issue, but it is an excellent preventative measure. You can rely on a radon mitigation company or you can easily cover your sump pump yourself with an airtight sump pump lid. This will help keep radon from getting into your home through that sump pump hole.
Covering your crawlspace floor with plastic sheeting can reduce levels of radon that may be trying to seep into your home through the crawlspace floor. This is an inexpensive, fairly simple DIY project.
Check your foundation for cracks and seal them up using caulk or cement foundation crack kits from your local hardware store. It is important to maintain this area of your home in general. It’s also helpful in keeping radon out.
Call The Professionals
Before purchasing a new home, ask for a radon test to be done. If the results are not good, it is best to get it mitigated before you move in. If you have been in your home for a while, and are just wondering if you should test just in case, then it may be time to just get it done so you know for sure.
Life has enough concerns as it is; radon shouldn’t be one of them. Get your home tested, and the radon out. We know you have many radon testing, and sump pump installation companies to choose from, and we appreciate you trusting us for all of your radon protection needs.
Radon is not to be taken lightly, as dangerous levels have been known to cause cancer. If there is any concern about radon levels in your home, contact a radon testing company as soon as you can. At Affordable Radon Colorado, we offer two types of residential radon testing services. Both types test the indoor air quality of your home to detect and monitor the radon levels. In the meantime, there are some precautions you can take in your home.