Inspecting homes for Radon Gas
What is the best time of year to get your home tested for Radon? In a nut shell anytime is a good time to get your home tested for RADON Gas. Generally the winter or summer months when heating or cooling systems are running is the best time to test for Radon. For short-term tests, the house should be closed up for 12 hours before the test begins and throughout the test.
Radon Gas is colorless and odorless how do you know if you have a Radon Gas problem?
Cracks inside the walls and floors of your home can allow radioactive radon gas to creep inside and affect your air quality and health. The only reliable way to tell if you have a radon issue is to have a professional home inspector test for the gas. There are test kits available at home supply stores, however a professional experienced home inspector will have the skills and tools to perform the tests correctly the first time.
What are the signs and symptoms of radon exposure?
- Persistent cough.
- Coughing up blood.
- Shortness of breath.
- Chest pain, especially when you cough or laugh.
- Frequent infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
Where in the US is Radon the most trouble?
Radon gas is in the ground and can be found in pretty much every corner of the U.S. However there are some areas with a heavier concentration of Radon Gas and should be more closely monitored. According to most recent studies, "The mid-Atlantic states stretching from New York through Pennsylvania to Maryland and Virginia, as well as a broad stretch of the upper midwest, has geological formations that yield higher radon levels. In contrast, radon levels are low in the Southeast as far west as Texas and along much of the West coast."
If you find Radon Gas is a problem in your home what is the best way to deal with it?
There are a few different ways to get rid of radon. Active Soil Depressurization – This is the preferred method. This includes installing a 4” plastic pipe through the basement floor, and having it exit through the roof or wall. A fan in the basement, attic, or outside then moves the air through the pipe to outside.
This is the simplest way to channel the Radon Gas away from your living space and vent it into the atmosphere where it can cause little or no harm to you and your family.
Can you reduce Radon just by keeping the windows open?
Although this is a decent solution to keep fresh air flowing thru your home it is not a long term solution. Areas of the U.S that have high humidity in the summer or cold winters don’t allow this to be a long term solution.
In the Minneapolis Saint Paul area you can contact Inspections Plus. With over 25 years of experience in the Construction and inspection Industries Inspections Plus can help you identify a Radon issue and in some cases offer suggestions as to how to remedy the problem.