Can Radon Gas Levels Change Over Time?
Even the lowest radon levels within your home are technically not safe, but it is surely nothing to panic over. Although, it does beg the question, can those minuscule levels significantly increase with time? For example, many people wonder, as the earth and soil under house changes with time can it produce higher levels of radioactive gas, or as my house ages can it absorb more radon?
If radon levels can change over time, should you test more frequently? Read our blog post: “How Often Should I Test for Radon?”
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Well, unfortunately, that answer is yes. Now I am not saying that every single house will eventually be over-run with radon, but it most definitely has the potential of happening. This is why it is so important to have regular radon gas level tests, and I don't mean every month, but surely every couple of years at least, just as a preventive measure.
It is also quite possible that your home will never need a mitigation system installed, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Since radon gas is virtually undetectable due to its colorlessness, odorlessness, and tastelessness, it is always necessary to have professionals test your home.
Reasons Why Radon Levels Could Increase Over Time
Use of home appliances with exhausts will gradually suck more radon gas out of the soil. This process is slow but can make a difference over the years. Some examples include,
- Clothes Dryer
- Ventilation Fan
- Space Heater
As your home ages and changes over time, the ventilation systems may be altered, and cracks may appear in the floor, walls, and foundation. All of these present a new entry way for radon gas to find its way into your home.
Additionally, the reduced air pressure within your home, compared to that of outside, creates a sort of vacuum. This is known as pressure differentials but is essentially just a suction that is created and pulls radon gas into your home via any opening possible.
Also, radon can permeate through concrete, which means even if there are no visible cracks in your home, you can still be at risk.
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