The Intrusion Of Radon Into Your Home in Cleveland, Ohio
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.
Despite the growing problem, there is a significant lack of information about Radon out there. Read our recent blog post: "5 Most Important Ohio Radon Statistics."
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How Does Radon Enter a House?
The air pressure inside of your home is typically lower than the pressure in the soil around your home's foundation.
Because of the difference in pressure, your home acts as a vacuum drawing radon gas into your home through foundation cracks and other openings.
Your Cleveland home will then trap the radon gas inside where it can build up. No home is safe from radon, whether it is old, new, drafty, basement or no basement there could be radon gas trapped inside.
Radon gas can also be present in well water and can be released into the air when the shower is in use.
In many cases when radon enters your home through water the danger is not as severe as when it enters your Cleveland home through the soil. Having radon gas in the soil is the leading source of elevated radon levels in the United States.
Primary Pathways for Radon Entry in Your Cleveland home
The primary way radon gas enters a home is through the foundation by a variety of different pathways:
- Cracks in basement floors
- Building materials such as brick, concrete and rock
- Sump pumps
- Exposed soil
- Cracks in concrete slabs
- Loose fitting pipes
- Construction joints
- Well water
- Open tops of block walls
- Floor-wall joints
Radon gas carries risk, even at or below the recommended action level of a 4.0. The risk of lung cancer increases with higher long-term average radon levels.
Professional installation of a Radon Removal system draws radon gas from beneath the foundation of your Cleveland home to be directly vented outside without having a chance to re-enter.
According to the EPA, Radon Removal can eliminate up to 99 percent of radon from the home. Radon Mitigation devices, called soil suction radon reduction systems, should always be installed and supervised by a trained Licensed Radon Mitigation Specialist or Radon Remediation Service Provider.
Want more information on radon test placement? Read our blog post: "Where is the Best Place in my House for a Radon Test?"
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