How does Radon Enter the Home?
Radon is produced from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and seeps into our homes. It enters our homes through holes and cracks in the foundation. Once inside it can become trapped and build to dangerous levels. No home is immune new or old homes, well-sealed or drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
How can I Determine if Radon is Present in My Home?
A radon test is the only way to determine if radon is present and both the EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon and that all levels below the third floor be tested. Radon testing is not a quick process and strict guidelines need to be followed to ensure accurate test results. Even the short-term test takes 2-4 days and during that time the home must remain a closed.
What do I do If Radon is a Problem in My Home?
Radon problems can be fixed, even if the levels are well above the acceptable range. Although there are DIY radon mitigation kits on the market we recommend hiring a radon mitigation specialist that is properly trained and once the job is complete have your home retested.