You’ve finally heeded the rallying call to test your home or commercial building for radon. To your surprise, you find that the levels are dangerously high above the recommended EPA exposure levels of 4pCi/L. Now your biggest concern is what steps you need to take now that you may have been exposed to radon.
Fortunately, there are practical measures you can take after exposure to radon.
1. Conduct a Professional Radon Test
Getting a certified radon testing professional to conduct radon testing in your home or commercial space is important to confirm that there is an actual problem. Radon levels tend to fluctuate depending on the weather and seasons and continuous monitoring can help to confirm the extent of exposure to radon.
2. Get a Medical Checkup
Radon is responsible for almost half of all human radiation exposure which can cause serious health complications. When inhaled, the gas decays into solid particles that damage lung tissue, and over time, it could lead to lung cancer.
A healthcare professional will assess you to determine whether you’ve suffered any ill effects due to radon exposure. Some individuals in the population are often at a higher risk of suffering serious health complications. They include:
- Pregnant Women
If you or any of your family members or employees have acquired a respiratory condition, the healthcare provider may consider further testing or referring them to a specialist for further treatment.
3. Professional Radon Remediation
One of the critical recommendations that the healthcare provider will emphasize is reducing the radon levels in your home or commercial building. Remediation may include DIY tasks like opening windows and doors or installing fans to increase ventilation. But these measures are not enough to guarantee lower radon levels.
The EPA recommends hiring a qualified radon mitigation contractor. A radon professional will install the right mitigation system depending on the size and design of your property. Most radon mitigation systems consist of a fan and a vent pipe that collects the radon gas and directs it outside your property. Radon experts will also undertake other measures such as sealing foundation cracks and any other openings to provide a complete mitigation system that can reduce the radon levels.
4. Fix Your Ground Water System
If you’re concerned about the high levels of radon in your groundwater system such as a private well, you need to fix it as well. A radon expert may suggest installing a point-of-entry mitigation system like a granular activated carbon (GAC) filter or an aeration system to remove radon from the water before it enters your property distribution system.
5. Retest Your Property
Radon is colorless, tasteless, and odorless and that’s what makes it extremely dangerous. To keep your loved ones safe from radon exposure, it’s important to install a radon mitigation system. However, even with a mitigation system in place, you need to continue retesting your property to ensure that the radon levels are in the safe range.
Contact Teton Radon Services for Quality Radon Testing Services
For professional radon testing services, contact Teton Radon Services. We have the right knowledge, skills, and cutting-edge equipment to give you the most accurate radon testing possible. Call us today to schedule a consultation.