3 facts every homeowner should know about radon
What is Radon
By Tammy James, Senior Marketing Executive, December 2019
You may not have heard of it, but radon is a part of our everyday life – wherever you live. Here are three facts every homeowner should know about radon, including how it can affect your home and your health:
- Radon is a gas which can seep into our homes
Radon gas is created when natural radioactive uranium slowly decays in the ground under our homes and seeps to the surface. Because of the way we heat and ventilate our homes, some radon gets indoors through the floor. This is where we get most of our radon exposure.
- In some parts of the country, homes are more likely to have high radon levels
Every building contains radon but the levels are usually low. In some parts of the country, homes may have higher levels and the chances of a higher level depending on the type of ground. For instance, levels may be higher in parts of the country rich in granite, such as Dartmoor in Devon and Cornwall.
- If you have high levels of Radon at home, you should take action
If we breathe in high levels of radon over long periods of time this exposure can lead to damage to the sensitive cells of our lungs which increases the risk of lung cancer. Radon causes about 1,000 lung cancer deaths in the UK every year. We also know that the combined risks of smoking and high radon exposure can really make a major difference to your chances of developing lung cancer. That’s why if you’ve got high radon at home and you smoke, it’s important you do something about it.
How can radon levels be reduced in your home?
Although high levels of radon in a home can be a problem the good news is they can be reduced by simple remedial works. There are three standard methods for reducing and controlling radon levels in the home. One of the recognised methods is the installation of a Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) system inside your home. PIV is an unobtrusive and cost-effective ventilation system that reduces and maintains low Radon levels. It’s suitable for Radon levels up to 500 Bq/m3.
The good news is that a PIV system can be installed in a new-build property or an existing home. Nuaire’s Drimaster-Eco range is designed for homes with lofts, while the Flatmaster range is for homes without lofts, including basements and cellars.
Nuaire invented the PIV process over 40 years ago and today it’s not only a proven method of curing condensation and mould problems but a trusted means of reducing radon levels with minimal building work.