Why Is There Radon In My Home?
The results of an inspection may reveal something no homeowner wants to deal with: radon. Radon is present at toxic levels in many houses throughout the US, but its discovery within your own home is particularly unsettling. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a wealth of data relating to radon and the health risks it poses, so action must be taken. An understanding of how radon functions show that homeowners must regularly monitor the levels in their house. Read on to learn how unsuspecting homeowners find themselves with a radon problem and how to prevent the health consequences of its presence.
What is radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring element that results from chemical processes taking place in the earth’s crust. It is a colorless, odorless gas that is toxic when present at high concentrations. Though radon exists at low levels in nearly all the air we breathe, it can reach toxic levels if allowed to accumulate in buildings.
How did it get in my house?
As the ground under your home releases radon gas, it slips through cracks and holes in the foundation of the building. Gradually, this process can result in a toxic concentration of radon. Homes are excellent at trapping this element within its walls, so the process can reach severe levels of toxicity before the homeowner is aware of a problem. It is critical homeowners understand all houses are susceptible to concentrated levels of radon, whether it has a basement or not.
What can be done?
As the ground shifts and your home ages, gas accumulation can change and increase the potential for toxic exposure. Accordingly, the EPA recommends testing your house for elevated radon levels approximately every two years. There are simple solutions to ensure your home and health are protected from radon poisoning if concentrated levels are found. Radon mitigation systems are relatively inexpensive and very effective at removing this toxic gas from your living space.
Radon toxicity is an alarming reality for many homeowners around the country. Thankfully, peace of mind is achievable through regular testing done by qualified professionals. Please Contact True North Home Inspection today with any questions about radon testing or to schedule a radon test.