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SYNOPSIS: The most alarming fact about Radon gas is that it has a high potential for intruding into properties in many kinds of residential areas. On its face, it is the second leading cause of US lung cancer.

The Possible Dangers Of Radon And How You Can Prev

BY: JOHN TRUSA, BARRIER WATERPROOFING SYSTEMS

Possible-Dangers-Of-Radon-Gas-and-How-You-Can-Prevent-ThemRadon risks are well known in 2022 when they haven’t always been apparent to the public. On its face, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The most alarming fact about Radon gas is that it has a high potential for intruding into properties in many kinds of residential areas. While executing a building project, a building developer must consider the dangers of Radon and how to overcome them. Continue reading for more information about the relevant dangers of Radon and how they could possibly be affecting your home without you knowing it.

What is Radon? 

Radon is basically an invisible, radioactive, tasteless, and odorless gas. The source begins with Uranium found naturally in the rock and soil underground. As the Uranium breaks down over time, it releases Radium, its decay product. As Radium further breaks down, it creates a decay product called Radon gas. Radon actively produces several solid radioactive products that are harmful to the human body.

It is surprising that some amounts of Radon gas are everywhere- in soil, water, and air. Generally, Radon is emitted by Uranium existing in building materials, groundwater, and the ground itself. This makes it easy for the gas to enter your indoor living areas, especially in sealed off or poorly ventilated rooms where it can become accumulated. 

Harmful Radon gas can most often be found in confined spaces, including basements and crawl spaces. Once deposited in your lungs, the lungs will absorb alpha particles released by the Radon. It is this process that may significantly increase the risk of lung cancer. 

Why Should You Be Careful About Radon Levels While Running Your Building Project?

The quantity of Radon gas that is present and potentially able to enter buildings depends on the amount of Uranium/Radium in the nearby soil and bedrock under a property. Areas of the nation where elevated Radon concentrations may exist are shown on the 1993 United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Map of Radon Zones. The map’s information is based on subsurface geology (i.e., soils and bedrock). Additionally, the bedrock and soil type can affect how easily radon gas can rise through the earth and potentially enter a building.

Do you know that construction projects can also affect the Radon levels that are already present in a building? Low-level Radon can increase easily due to direct contact with soil and bedrock. A builder should be careful while developing crawlspaces, keeping the area properly ventilated. A crawl space with appropriate ventilation can help you easily mitigate Radon gas by allowing it to dissipate through vents. 

To correctly migrate Radon gas, it is important to concentrate on floor slabs and foundations. It is imperative to mention that a poor floor slab can enable a direct pathway for Radon gas to enter your building. Even the gaps between foundations and floor slabs can serve as additional pathways.

Radon concentration also fluctuates with weather conditions. In Northern climates, people prefer to keep the doors and windows open during the spring and summer months. This way, Radon dissipates via open doors and windows and reduces indoor concentrations. 

How Can You Prevent Harmful Radon Effects?  

Understanding the potential risks is very much important, and you should investigate all potential risks as early as possible. For example, have the radon levels of a new home tested before purchasing it and relocating. You should connect with a professional team to determine all the risks and take effective measures to prevent future problems. BARRIER Waterproofing Systems can help you detect Radon levels and implement solutions to remediate many possible problems.

Some prolific health centers advise long-term sampling (at least 3 months) to obtain a more accurate assessment since Radon levels vary substantially on a daily basis. Testing can be carried out by experts or with testing kits that can be bought online as well as in some home improvement stores. For the most accurate results applied with professional experience, contact your local contractors at BARRIER Waterproofing Systems today.

Our expert team can also thoroughly inspect your basement or crawl space to pinpoint improvements based on best practices for these spaces under your home. We will develop an effective plan to professionally address your water leak, mold growth, and foundation damage concerns. It is a combination of compassion and excellent service that helps us offer you the most efficient results to promote the well-being of your home’s foundation. Give us a call today at (615) 257-1060  |  (931) 536-1168 to take the first step to gradually improve the environment of your family. 

 

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