What is radon? Written by Tye Parent
I was recently asked by Mark Calhoun from All Summerscape Contracting, what is radon?
So I will try and summarize for you the simple understanding of radon.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is from uranium decaying in the ground.
Radon can be found most anywhere but that in itself is not an indication that your home has high levels of radon.
Outside, radon is mostly harmless as it is so diluted by the air, however when radon accumulates in your home it is the second leading cause of lung cancer second to smoking.
So how does radon enter my home you might ask? In our homes we have what is called stack effect. What this means is, hot air rises creating a suction from the lowest level up which draws the radon gas in through any cracks or voids in your slab and foundation. Typically in the winter the stack effect is greater, that is unless you use air conditioning in the summer whereas it would remain virtually the same. However if in the summertime you have your windows open most of the time your radon levels would be reduced.
When radon levels in the home are high, what happens is we breathe this radon into our lungs and when it makes contact with the flesh of our lungs it creates micro explosions causing damage to the lung surface. Over a long period of time this can lead to lung cancer.
So I’m sure you will ask how do I get radon out of my home?Typically this is done through what is called subslab depressurization. What this means is we install a radon mitigation system by way of making a hole in the slab, inserting a 4 inch PVC pipe with a fan and an exhaust. What this does is creates a negative pressure under the slab there for the stack effect cannot draw the radon in from this negative pressure. As well we are sucking the radon gas out from under the slab and putting it outside where it is safe and wear it belongs.
So what should you do? Well it all starts with a radon measurement to see what your current levels are. From there we can advise you what the next step should or could be.
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