The key to solving a radon problem in the home is sealing the points of entry that the radon gas uses. Covering earthen walls in the basement and painting exterior walls with radon-sealing paint will seal tiny cracks that may admit radon gas from below the ground. A charcoal filtration or aeration system can prevent radon from entering through water lines.Continue Reading
Since radon contamination can lead to lung cancer, homeowners should test for the dangerous gas and consult with professionals if radon is detected. Abatement methods may depend on the severity of the radon contamination, and while do-it-yourself methods may lower radon concentrations, they might not recede to safe levels. Extreme cases may require the installation of specialized ventilation systems designed to flush the home of radon gas or maintain positive pressure to prevent outside gas from entering through the foundation.
Radon gas occurs when uranium and other radioactive materials decay. Household radon often comes from underground granite deposits, as the stone contains trace amounts of uranium throughout its structure. Radon contamination is also common in byproducts from the petroleum and natural gas industries. Fortunately, radon has a short half-life, which means it decays into harmless elements relatively quickly. Once the source is removed or isolated, radon density in the air drops quickly.Learn more about Home Maintenance