Source: Deseret News, The Radioactive Killer, by Sara Israelsen-Hartley, Jan, 29, 2020 SALT LAKE CITY…
If you have tested your home for radon gas, and found high levels, you may be wondering if you can get rid of radon without mitigation. Lets delve into what radon is and how we can protect ourselves from it.
Radon is the naturally occurring byproduct of the decay of uranium in soil and rock. It is a radioactive gas that enters our home and presents a health risk as we breathe it in. Possibly leading to lung cancer. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, just behind smoking.
How To Remove Radon From Your Home
Removing radon from your home is actually not possible. The goal is to actually prevent the radon from entering your home. Mitigation systems are installed to pull the radon from the soil before it ever enters your home. So can you prevent radon from entering your home without a mitigation system?
Unfortunately, no. Radon Mitigation is the only recommended action for a home with high radon levels. However, there are a few things you can do to help the process. First, seal all construction joints in the home – think sump pumps, water lines, etc. Anything that is exposed to the soil below the house should be sealed. Look for cracks in the concrete and seal those as well.
The first step is to request a test for your home. After that, you need to find a radon specialists that you can trust. They can make recommendations for your home and help reduce the level of radon that ever enters your home. They can help you understand if you can get rid of radon without mitigation or if you need to install a system. Read more about radon levels here.
Contact the specialists at Utah Radon Services or fill out the form on this page to learn more.