January is National Radon Action Month, a time to make sure that your family is protected against radon exposure. It’s estimated that 1 in 15 homes in the U.S. and over 1 million homes in Canada have elevated levels of radon. While this is scary to think about, there are ways to lower your home’s risk.
What exactly is radon?
Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that forms when radioactive metals in rocks, soil and groundwater break down. This is a naturally occurring process, meaning everyone has some level of exposure to radon at all times. However, prolonged exposure can occur when there are cracks and gaps in a home’s foundation.
What homes are most at risk?
Foundation issues can occur in homes regardless of their age or architecture. A newly built home is just as susceptible as an older one. This goes to show that it pays to be proactive in monitoring and mitigating radon in your home no matter where you live.
What can be done?
While you won’t be able to achieve a 0% exposure level to radon, you can significantly lower the odds. Here are a few ways to keep your home safe:
- Consistently test for radon and have a monitor installed.
- Increase airflow in your home.
- Seal up cracks and gaps.
- Incorporate radon-resistant construction techniques if you’re purchasing a new build
This article was written by:
National Property Inspections
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