Radon levels should not exceed recommended levels in any home. Radon is a naturally-occurring gas that seeps into homes through cracks in the foundation and can build up over time, potentially posing health hazards such as lung cancer if levels become excessively high.
Exposure to high levels of radon over an extended period can increase the risk of lung cancer; however, this depends on factors such as its concentration in the home and length of exposure as well as individual characteristics like smoking history.
If your home’s radon level exceeds 7, it’s recommended that immediate action be taken to reduce it. First step should be taking a follow-up test either through DIY kits or professional services to confirm its level.
Once you’ve identified elevated radon levels in your home, the next step should be taking measures to mitigate them. Radon mitigation usually entails installing a system to vent it outside through venting such as sub-slab depressurization systems that use fans to pull radon from underneath foundation and release it outside.
Reducing radon levels in your home can help safeguard both you and your family’s health. The EPA advises all homes be tested for radon and appropriate action taken if levels exceed 4 pCi/L as recommended by them.
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