Radon Gas Advice – Keeping your family safe and sound
9 March 2010
Did you know that you are exposed to Radon Gas everyday? Did you also know that your home could be harbouring this odorless killer and you could be blissfully unaware? Read on to find out to keep you and your family safe from the silent menace that is Radon Gas…..
In small quantities Radon Gas does not represent a major health risk. Only when Radon Gas is in areas of increased concentration can it cause a major issue to health. Radon Gas has been linked to lung cancer and in the UK only it is estimated that anything up to 2000 deaths per year are caused by exposure to Radon Gas. After smoking Radon Gas is the next largest cause of lung cancer in the UK!
Radon Gas is a radioactive gas that is present in all rocks, solids, concrete and bricks. Since Radon Gas is naturally occurring, its concentration is directly related to the geology underneath your home. As Radon Gas is formed naturally there are some parts of the UK that are more at risk of Radon Gas than others. To help people identify if their home is in an area of high Radon Gas concentration the Health Protection Agency (HPA) in the UK have conducted an in depth study of Radon Gas and identified the risk of Radon contamination across the UK. This information is readily available from the HPA in the form of a Radon Map. The Radon Gas map identifies the probability of your property having an issue with Radon Gas. Click here to view the Radon Gas map.
Other contributing factors to the amount of Radon Gas contamination in the home are the construction of the property and the ventilation of the property. In all likelihood even the though a property may be situated in an area of low risk where there appears to be low concentration of Radon Gas the property may still have Radon Gas problems if not ventilated properly. It is also possible for a property that is constructed well with good ventilation to be safe in a high risk area.
How do I find out if my home is safe from Radon Gas ?
Radon Gas cannot be detected by any human senses – it is a colourless and odourless gas so it is impossible to know the levels of Radon Gas without proper testing. Thankfully testing for Radon Gas is a simple process. The first step any home owner should take is to look at the HPA Radon Gas map to identify the level of Radon Gas risk in their area. Secondly, a Radon Test Kit should be purchased. These are available from Timberwise and can be safely purchased on-line in our Property Care Experts shop. The test we supply are 90 day test kits which provide an accurate measure of the amount of Radon Gas in the property. Click here to purchase a Radon Gas Test Kit.
What is the best way to lower Radon Gas levels in my home?
If Radon Gas is a problem within the property don’t panic! There are many ways to lower the Radon Gas level within the property from the introduction of improved ventilation in the form of positive pressure ventilation through to Radon Gas Fan Assisted Sump Systems. Timberwise are able to provide advice on which solution is best for you and your family.
For more detailed information on Radon Gas why not read our Radon Gas Article written by our Radon Gas Expert. For lowering Radon Gas levels in your home there is only one name you need to know – Timberwise! Radon specialists and experts in Radon Gas control.