Just because a home test high for radon levels doesn’t mean that the property is a lost cause. There are numerous proven processes that lower radon levels and make your home safe for decades to come. In addition to traditional remediation practices, there are a few things homeowners can do to alleviate high levels of radon, including opening the windows to let fresh air in and toxic air out. Here’s what you need to know about quick fixes for radon levels.
Causes and Effects of Radon
Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is toxic to humans and animals when inhaled. Radon can’t be seen or smelled, so many homeowners are unaware of their home’s radon levels until they begin the relocation process. This radioactive gas is abundant, as it originates from the decay of organic materials like soil and rock.
It’s important to get your home tested periodically as radon is dangerous to those in constant contact with it. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, but it is easily mitigated with the proper steps.
While radon mitigation may seem like an arduous process, it’s actually very straightforward. Mitigation can be as easy as sealing cracks in your home’s walls, doors, and foundation. If levels are very high, a ventilation system may be implemented to funnel radon-laden air from the house, releasing it outside. Radon Gone installs custom systems to fit any home without compromising structural integrity or interior design.
Open Windows to Vent Home
In addition to traditional mitigation efforts, homeowners can immediately alleviate radon levels by opening the windows, allowing toxic air to escape and fresh air to enter. In order to encourage airflow, more than one window must be open.
Please be advised, this is not a permanent fix. Radon is still entering your home through one area or another and opening the windows offers only temporary relief. Radon mitigation includes sealing off areas of your home and installing sub-slab ventilation that gives organic emissions a place to go, instead of inside the home. If you recently purchased a home and plan to implement a radon mitigation plan, you can help the process along by opening the windows, when it is safe and feasible to do so.
Radon Gone offers high-quality radon mitigation services throughout the Front Range, including Fort Collins, Longmont, and the Boulder and Denver metro areas. Contact us with your radon mitigation questions, we’ll be happy to assist. Our experts stand ready to remove radon from your house, ensuring your loved ones have a safe place to live.