Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in Utah. It leaches out of the soil and dissipates. Normally, this isn’t a cause for concern, UNTIL it enters through your foundation and builds up to dangerous levels in your home. It is a known (not just a suspected) carcinogen, and is the #1 cause of non smoking-related lung cancer, so it is essential for every Utah homeowner to test their home for this harmful substance and if necessary, take action to fix it. According to this KSL article, 1 in 3 homes in Utah may have unhealthy radon levels.
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John Seidel, owner of RadonBeGone, recommends testing your home at least once every 2 years. A test is very inexpensive (only $10 with the Promo Code “CORYandRHONDA”) RadonBeGone will give you instructions on where to place the test kit in your home–it makes a difference!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends mitigating Radon in Utah if the level is above 4pCiL (pico Curies per Liter)or more. A Radon Mitigation system is less expensive than you may think–most are under $1500 and can be installed in one day. If you are building a new home in Utah, it is highly recommended you install a radon mitigation system during the build process.
If your test comes back well under the 4 PCiL (lucky you!), it is recommended you re-test your home every 2 years to ensure your levels haven’t changed and/or the system hasn’t malfunctioned. A home that initially tests low for radon can test abnormally high in subsequent tests due to settling cracks in your foundation and changes in pressure surrounding your home. When it comes to radon exposure in your home, always err on the side of caution.
Mitigation Process: The crew first inspects the home to find and seal any foundation cracks where Radon may be seeping through. The crew then drills a 5″ hole in the basement floor (usually a utility room) and 5-10 gallons of earth are removed to create a suction pit where the gas can be collected and removed. A pipe is then connected and run through the floor between the floor joists into the garage and continues up into the attic where the fan is wired and vented through the roof. This depressurization system is guaranteed to reduce the levels of radon to below the EPA standards.
Radon is something every Utah resident should be aware of. As with anything, knowledge is key! Testing, mitigation (if necessary) and re-testing are ways you can keep you and your family safe!
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