What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring colourless, odourless and tasteless radioactive gas. Itis formed by the decay of the small amounts of uranium that occur naturally in all rocks and soils.
In the open air, radon causes no problems. We all breathe it in throughout our lives. However in buildings with insufficient ventilation, especially in high radon areas, the gas can build up to dangerous levels.
What are the Health Risks of Radon?
Radon produces radioactive dust in the air we breathe. The dust is trapped in our airways and emits radiation when it decays, damaging damages the inside of our lungs. This damage, similar to the damage caused by smoking, increases our risk of lung cancer.
Did you know?
- Radon causes over 1,100 deaths from lung cancer each year in the UK
- Exposure to levels of just 400bqm3 for 8 hours is equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes
- Radon accounts for the second greatest number of lung cancer cases in the UK, second only to smoking.
- The risks from radon are increased when levels are high, or you are exposed for a long time
Are you in a High Radon Area?
Some areas have a higher level of radon than others, take a look at the map below to see if you live in a high radon area.
Order your Radon Testing Pack
You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, the only way to know if the level of radon in your home is safe is to test for it. For peace of mind why not order our radon testing pack today?
Radon Testing Kit
We’ll send you a pack containing two radon gas detectors, full instructions and a pre-paid return envelope. Our radon detectors require no power and are safe and simple to use. Just install in your home for either a 3-week grab sample or our recommended 90-day sample then return to us.
What is a high radon level and what are “Action Levels”?
The amount of radon is measured in becquerels per cubic metre of air (Bq m-3). The average level in UK homes is 20 Bq m-3. For levels below 100 Bq m-3, your individual risk remains relatively low and not a cause for concern. However, the risk increases as the radon level increases.
The action level endorsed by Public Health England (PHE) is 200 becquerels per cubic metre (Bq-m³), the target level is 100 Bq-m³. PHE recommends that radon levels are to be reduced to the target level or lower.
If your levels of the radioactive gas are over the action level or the recommended target level of 100 Bq-m3, we highly recommend you contact us. We have over 15 years experience on combating high radon levels, offering our expertise in installation of the most effective radon mitigation equipment for your home.
How can high radon levels be reduced?
The good news is that there are several techniques available that can successfully reduce radon concentrations within a building, and prevent future intrusion of the gas. Radon enter buildings due to the pressure differences between the building and the ground, the main methods of dealing with radon in existing buildings is to alter this pressure ratio. This can be done either through the installation of a positive pressure unit or a retrofit sump system.
Positive Input Ventilation
A positive pressure unit draws air through the loft and disperses it throughout the building. By increasing the air pressure within the property, gas in the soil is no longer drawn into the building.Find Out More
Retrofit Sump System
For higher levels of radon and a sump system may need to be fitted to remove gas from under your home.Find Out More