Too much of something is never good. This is true especially with harmful substances like radon. Most homeowners are familiar with the element but do not truly know where, why, and when it exists. Here is a quick run-down of this silent killer:
What is radon?
Radon testing in Utah homes and establishments should be done regularly. This is because radon is odorless, tasteless, and an invisible, naturally occurring radioactive gas. When uranium, thorium, and radium breakdown in soil, rock, and water, radon is produced. It exists without you knowing that it does and on which levels.
Signs that your home as high radon levels
Radon seeps into homes through the cracks in the walls and other small open spaces. This is the reason your home might have low radon levels, but your next-door neighbor might have unusually high ones.
Radon levels can drastically differ from one home to another, so it’s important to know your home’s levels regularly. As it’s seemingly non-existent, there’s no definite way to know whether radon levels are high in your home or not until it’s too late and you’re already sick. Having kits to check such levels would be helpful, especially in places where radon levels are naturally high.
How to manage high radon levels
The best way to manage radon levels is to know that they exist in the first place. Therefore, regular self and professional inspection are necessary. Once you’ve confirmed that your home is exposed to the element, it’s important to get rid of it to prevent further exposure. This can be done through mitigation. A hole is drilled into a part of your home where a PVC pipe runs from the ground upward, leading the radon out through your home’s roof exhaust.
Have you tested your home for radon? If not, this is the right time to do so.