Radon levels of 7 are relatively high and exceed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended action level of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). Radon is a naturally occurring gas that seeps into homes from underground sources and becomes trapped, potentially leading to lung cancer if levels become too high. Therefore, it’s vitally important that steps be taken in order to mitigate excessive levels of radon gas.
If your home’s radon level reaches 7, it is recommended that immediate action be taken to lower it. First step should be conducting an additional test either using a DIY test kit or hiring a professional for accurate results.
Once you have verified high levels, steps must be taken to mitigate radon in your home. Mitigation typically includes installing a system to vent out excess gas – for instance a sub-slab depressurization system uses fans to pull up and vent away any radon found beneath the foundation and outside.
Employ a certified professional when installing the system, as improper installation could increase radon levels or cause other issues. Sealing cracks in the foundation or any other places where radon could seep in may also be necessary to stop its entry.
Reducing radon levels in your home is an effective way to safeguard both you and your family’s health. The EPA advises all homes be tested for radon, with steps taken if levels exceed 4 pCi/L as an action level.
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