Radon: How Do You Keep This Toxin Out Of Your Home?

If your home tested positive for radon, you may want to make your home as safe as you can. Right after smoking, radon is the second most prevalent cause of lung cancer. But unlike smoking, radon doesn't always cause symptoms. In most cases, it can take numerous years before you exhibit signs of lung cancer. By taking immediate action, you make your home safe to live in again. 

Get Everyone Tested for Radon

The first thing you want to do is take every member of your family to a doctor and have them tested for radon poisoning or signs of radon exposure. Radon is an invisible, tasteless gas that mainly enters the body through the respiratory system, including the mouth and nasal passages. 

As mentioned above, it can take years before you experience coughing, wheezing, and other problems that indicate lung cancer. A doctor can use different methods, such as blood and lung function tests, to determine whether or not your family has suffered any ill-effects from radon poisoning.

If you and your loved ones test negative to radon poisoning, you can go ahead and remove the gas from your home.

Get Your Crawl Space Encapsulated

Radon resides in soil and other natural substances. The soil covering the ground below your crawl space is one of the biggest locations for radon. Radon can seep through the cracks, open floorboards, and holes in and above your crawl space.

If your crawl space is poorly ventilated, radon can build up inside it and eventually enter your home through your air duct system and plumbing system. A ventilation system allows the gas to exit the crawl space and out into the natural environment. 

It's a good idea that you contact a contractor and have them encapsulate your crawl space. A contractor can place special plastic barriers over the contaminated soil to keep radon from entering your home. The process may also involve covering the ceiling, concrete footings, and other structures inside the space. Moist air can weaken the structures until they crack or develop holes, which allows radon to seep into your home over time. 

After a contractor secures your home, they may install a ventilation system in the crawl space. If you wish to learn more about adding ventilation to your crawl space, relay your concerns to a contractor right away.

Keeping your family safe from radon is critical. You can learn more about crawl space encapsulation by contacting a contractor, such as Perma-Dry Waterproofing & Drainage, Inc. today.