Radon can be found in all kinds of buildings, from homes and apartments to schools and workplaces. However, buildings most susceptible to radon infiltration tend to be those located in areas with higher soil levels of radon or that have certain characteristics that make them susceptible to infiltrating this radioactive gas.
Buildings with basements or crawl spaces are especially susceptible to radon contamination, since radon gas can seep into them through cracks in their foundation or walls and collect at higher levels than usual. Furthermore, tight sealing or poor ventilation could increase chances of infiltration with this gas accumulation in higher concentrations within these structures.
Location also plays a factor, and buildings that are situated in areas with higher concentrations of radon in their soil tend to experience elevated indoor radon levels. Soil type and environmental variables like groundwater levels can have an effect on how much radon exists in soil, increasing or decreasing its likelihood of seeping into buildings.
Radon testing should be an integral component of building management regardless of their location or characteristics, no matter their purpose. Radon tests are relatively affordable and simple ways to help ensure occupants of any given structure don’t receive excessive levels of radon gas exposure.
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