November is Radon Awareness Month

Radon

You wouldn’t expose yourself to cigarette smoke, so don’t allow radon to collect in your home.

What’s the connection? Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer, right after cigarette smoke.

Unlike the latter, radon doesn’t have a smell, doesn’t have a taste and can’t be seen, but it’s still a health risk.

The Dangers of Radon

Radon is a naturally occurring gas produced by uranium deposits in the ground or water.

Just like uranium, radon is radioactive and increases your risk of cancer. In fact, if you breathe radon in regularly it will damage your lungs and may cause cancer.

Normally, radon is released outdoors where it will dissipate and do no harm.

However, radon may get trapped in homes built on top of uranium deposits, or in homes that are built on top of ground water that carries radon.

In either scenario, the gas can enter your home in a few different ways:

  • Cracks in the foundation or floor slabs
  • Service pipes
  • Construction joints
  • Support posts
  • Window casements
  • Sump pumps
  • Floor drains.

Radon test

Radon Testing

The only way to know for sure if your home has high levels of radon is to have a certified radon testing professional conduct a test.

Haven Home ClimateCare is part of the largest network of these professional radon testers.  All our experts are trained and certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program, which is run by the National Environment and Health Association.

What’s involved in radon testing?

  • Radon is a long-term threat, so a radon testing professional needs to get a long-term sample of the levels in your home.
  • It will take three months to collect the sample. From that, the radon testing professional will calculate your yearly average radon exposure.
  • If it’s dangerously high, they will suggest ways you can reduce your radon exposure.

How to Reduce Radon

The best strategy to reduce your radon exposure will depend on how it is entering your home. If you have cracks in the foundation or floor slab, fixing these issues can reduce your radon burden.

However, as discussed earlier there are many other ways radon can enter your home. One solution works no matter how the radon gets in, and that’s a ventilation system called Active Soil Depressurization (ASD).

This ventilation system sucks air and radon from where the gas collects in the ground below your home and releases it outside. For this system to be installed, the installation specialist will drill a hole in your basement floor.

But don’t worry – this system doesn’t interact with the air in your home, so it won’t increase your heating or cooling costs. The whole point of this system is to allow the radon to escape outside before it can enter your home.

Radon Testing from Haven Home ClimateCare

At Haven Home ClimateCare, we can determine if you are at risk from radon exposure in your home. Reach out to us to schedule a radon test today to keep your family safe and healthy.

Get in touch with a member of our team today