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RADON BASICS – WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO REDUCE IT

Updated: Mar 4, 2023


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High levels of radon in your home can cause serious health problems. An inspection can detect your levels and what you need to do to proceed. Here are the basics, what it is, and how to reduce high levels.


What is it?

Radon is found in the soil. It’s a colorless and odorless gas that can get trapped in your home. According to the EPA, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmoking individuals. Because of this health hazard, it’s essential to have your home tested for radon.

The professionals at Integrity Home Evaluation Services can perform testing to determine your levels of radon. If the test shows elevated levels, it’s time to take action.


Elevated Levels — Now What?

If your inspection comes back with higher levels, don’t despair. Here are some tips to help reduce levels if they are slightly elevated.

  1. Sealing foundation cracks and openings with polyurethane caulk. This can help prevent the flow of radon into your house.

  2. Tightly install polyurethane sheeting over crawlspace areas.

While these repairs might make the difference if you have only slightly elevated levels, a mitigation system may be needed for anything higher.


Mitigation Systems

The installation of a mitigation system is a fairly easy process. It involves placing a vent pipe into the soil and drawing the radon out through a fan. The placement of the pipe can determine its cost.

  1. Venting on the side of the house will be less costly.

  2. Running a vent through the house will be less noticeable and generally more expensive.

If your home hasn’t been tested for radon, now is the time to act. First, contact the professionals at Integrity Home Evaluation Services. We’ll guide you through the process and make sure your home is safe for you and your family.


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