Radon Gas Information


You have probably heard of Radon but you are unsure of what it is. In this article I will be talking about Radon Gas where it comes from, the health effects of being exposed to it, different products to detect the gas and a way to vent it out of your home.

What Is Radon Gas

Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. Radon is not produced as a commercial product. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and comes from the natural breakdown (radioactive decay) of uranium. It is usually found in igneous rock and soil, but in some cases, well water may also be a source of radon. Radon is the heaviest known gas and is nine times denser than air because it is a single atom gas unlike oxygen. It easily penetrates many common materials like paper, leather, low-density plastics, most paints, and building materials like Sheetrock, concrete block, mortar, tar paper, wood paneling, and most insulations.

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Radon Gas Health Effects

When you breathe in Radon Gas it gets into the lining of your lungs and gives off radiation. Over a long period of time it can damage the cells and lead to lung cancer. Radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer as cigarette smoking is number one. If you breathe a lot of Radon and smoke, your chance of getting lung cancer is very high. Not like other gases like carbon monoxide you won’t have symptoms of radon poisoning right away. Not knowing that Radon exists in your home could potentially cause life altering effects.

 

Home Radon Gas Detectors

There are only a few detectors out there that come at a reasonable price. Click on highlighted text or pictures for more details. The first one is the First Alert Radon Gas Test Kit RD1. This kit costs $14.98 on Amazon and includes lab fees. Simply leave the radon test out in the lowest point in your home for two to four days. When finished, place the test in the provided envelope, apply postage, and mail it to the lab. Lab results will be emailed within 72 hours of receiving the samples. The First Alert is a one time reading for the 2-4 day period. Next is the Corentium Home Radon Detector by Airthings 223. LCD screen
displays the average daily, weekly and long-

term concentrations. Unlike charcoal tests, receive your first indication of radon levels within 24 hours. Powered by 3 standard AAA batteries, the radon monitor makes it easy to take measurements from one room to another in order to get an overview of the concentrations of radon in a home. Next up is the Safety Siren Pro 3 Electronic Radon Gas Detector. This digital radon gas monitor for

home testing is a continuous radon tester that performs continuous radon gas monitoring. The clear, easily read digital radon level display shows short-term radon levels as well as long-term radon level averages. The Safety Siren electronic radon
monitor gives its first radon reading after 48 hours of radon gas sampling. The next one I will talk about is the Airthings Wave Smart Radon Detector with free app. Airthings Wave will provide you with detailed information about radon, temperature and humidity levels right on your phone. View daily, weekly, monthly and yearly measurements in the free mobile app. The free app brings radon levels straight to your phone or tablet, where you can view data

over time. Connects via Bluetooth (Compatible with iOS / Android devices). Receive in-app and email notifications when radon levels are above the recommended level. The Radon Eye RD200 Smart Radon Monitor Detector is smart phone enabled. The RD200 has 20 times higher sensitivity than competitive radon detectors. This is because the RD200 has a dual structured pulsed-ionization chamber system and highly accurate detection circuit designed with exclusive technology. Typical time for the first reliable data display is under 1 hour, so you don’t need to wait DAYS like with other units. The RD200 also offers convenience for data logging, graph displays, and alarm setting with its Bluetooth connectivity to Smart Phones.

 

Radon Gas Mitigation System

A radon mitigation system is any system or steps designed to reduce radon concentrations in the indoor air of a building.

There are several methods that a contractor can use to lower radon levels in your home. Some techniques prevent radon from entering your home while others reduce radon levels after it has entered. Simple systems using underground pipes and an exhaust fan may be used to reduce radon. These systems are called “sub-slab depressurization,” and do not require major changes to your home. These systems remove radon gas from below the concrete floor and the foundation before it can enter the home. Similar systems can also be installed in houses with crawl spaces. Radon contractors use other methods that may also work in your home. The right system depends on the design of your home and other factors. Sealing cracks and other openings in the floors and walls is a basic part of most approaches to radon reduction. Sealing does two things, it limits the flow of radon into your home and it reduces the loss of conditioned air. The EPA does not recommend the use of sealing cracks alone to reduce radon because it has not been shown to lower radon levels significantly or consistently. It is difficult to identify and permanently seal the places where radon is entering. Normal settling of your house opens new entry routes and reopens old ones. One of the most common ways to run a radon mitigation system is through your existing drainage tile under your foundation. The contractor would run a 4 inch PVC pipe out of your sump pump well to the outside Mitigation and place the vacuum fan outside on the pipe and extend the pipe above the roof line. The fan cannot be in the basement in case a leak occurs and dumps high concentrated levels of radon gas into your home. Radon mitigation costs an average of $965 with a typical range of $778-$1158. Most mitigation systems don’t exceed $1500, However, large homes or those with multiple foundations or complex configurations can cost as much as $3000.

Protect Your Family

Radon is everywhere and it is naturally occurring. It is a radioactive gas which means that it transforms spontaneously and in that transformation it releases tiny bursts of energy. It is these tiny bursts of energy that cause harm. Radon, like other radioactive materials, are measured in pCi/L. This stands for pico Curies per liter of air. A “pico Curie” is one-trillionths of a Curie. A Curie is equivalent to 37 Billion radioactive disintegration per second. So one pico-Curie works out to 2.2 radioactive disintegration per minute (dpm) in a liter of air. The EPA recommends that you take action to reduce your home’s indoor radon levels if your radon test result is 4 pCi/L or higher. After reading this I hope you understand the importance of testing your home for Radon. Thanks for visiting my site and I wish you good health.

 

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10 comments on “Radon Gas Information

Wow I never heard of this before! I live in the UK so not many of us have basements but I know someone who lives in an old house that has one so I need to forward this to them as I bet they don’t know either! This is life saving equipment. Thank you for this information.

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Even if you don’t have a basement Radon can still get trapped in your crawl space and enter into your home. It is everywhere and comes through the ground. Some regions have higher levels then others. Thanks for visiting my site. If you have anymore questions I would be happy to help.

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Karen

I don’t have a basement or scrawl space. Should I still be concerned with a slab foundation?

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The risk of Radon with a slab foundation is lower then having a basement. Radon enters into the basement and builds up and then the level lowers as it thins out into the first floor. It is still possible to have Radon with a slab foundation but levels might not be above the 4 pCi. The only way to truly know is to get a First Alert Radon Gas Test Kit (as mentioned in my article)to be on the safe side. If you have any more questions Karen I would be happy to help.

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Hi Tim, this is a very nice site and I would like to comment on this thread if I can. Like Lee above, I live in the UK and not a lot of our houses have basements, certainly not our grass roots housing.

However, as a property investor, i’m used to seeing Radon gas surveys coming up in Searches when I buy houses. I’ve never had a positive result flagged here where I live, but we have none igneous geology here. I would imagine other parts of the country like Scotland and Wales will suffer more.

Anyhow, an interesting article, there’s a lot there I didn’t know about Radon gas and it’s hazards. Thanks for making us aware.

Good luck with the website, I think it will be a great success!

Dave

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Hi Dave, looking at a map of Radon averages in your region shows a lot of areas at less then 1 pCi but there are some spots where it shows 1-3 and 3-5 pCi which is still right around that safe level of 4 pCi. Like you said people are still requesting test to be done in your area to know for sure. Thanks for commenting Dave.

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Wow, I had no idea of this, at all! My grandma has lung cancer and lives in a very old house in central Germany. She never smoked and no one in our family did. I will forward this to her, maybe that is the reason or one of them. We will definetely find out the levels of radon in all our family homes now. Thank you so much for this important and maybe life altering if not life saving information. Well researched and written! Thank you so much,
Jana

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Thanks for commenting Jana, I’am glad you found my article helpful. If you have any questions I would be happy to help.

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Kathy

Hi Tim
That was very interesting. I have concerns about radon but my husband thinks its all commercial. Just to make us buy the products. Can you get me more information on radon

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Radon was identified as a health problem when scientists noted that underground uranium miners who were exposed to it died of lung cancer at high rates. The results of miner studies have been confirmed by experimental animal studies, which show higher rates of lung tumors among rodents exposed to high radon levels. You can find more info at cancer.org. I would rather do something about it instead of waiting around to see if the studies are true. Thanks for commenting on my site Kathy, I hope this information helps.

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