“How does radon enter homes?” is one of the most common radon questions we hear. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It is produced by the breakdown of uranium within rock, soil & water. Since it is naturally occurring, it is only natural that radon enters homes. It is odorless, tasteless, & colorless. The only way to know if radon has entered your home is to test it. Once you have tested to confirm the presence of radon in your home, our job is to take a look at how the radon entered your home.
Major Radon Entry Routes
The air pressure inside of your home is typically lower than the pressure within the soil that sits around your home’s foundation. This pressure difference acts like a vacuum. This vacuum allows the radon to enter homes. It draws the radon into your home through a variety of entry points:
A. Cracks in your foundation
B. Spaces behind brick veneer walls
C. Porous concrete blocks (as well as cracks in these blocks)
D. Floor-wall joints
E. Exposed soil in a sump pump or inside of a crawl space
F. Drain tiles that drain into an open sump
G. Mortar joints
H. Ill-fitting pipe entrances
I. Open tops of block walls
J. Directly from building materials (concrete, rocks, & bricks)
K. Well water
Radon in the air & water
It is possible for radon to enter homes through water. Well water can carry the radon into your home, where it is released into the air when water is used for showering & other common household activities. However, the risk of radon entering your home through water is much lower when compared with how radon enters a home from the soil. It should also be note that building materials rarely are the source of radon problems. When thinking of how radon enters a home, it is much more likely that the source of elevated radon levels is within the soil around your home’s foundation.
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Radon poisoning is a direct result of having too much exposure to radon. Though radon naturally occurs from the breakdown of uranium in the soil, it is highly radioactive. There is no such thing as a “safe” amount of radon exposure. The EPA has set an action level, which is 4.0pCi/L, but even at lower concentrations, radon is dangerous.
What are the symptoms of Radon Poisoning?
Long-term exposure to radon can cause many health issues. The Radon Center suggests that lung problems, such as a persistent cough, wheezing, heavy breathing & lung infections can be the result of radon exposure. All of these symptoms are also early signs of lung cancer. Radon poisoning is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall, and the first leading cause among nonsmokers. According to the CDC, 7 out of every 1,000 nonsmokers will develop lung cancer due to radon exposure. If you are a current or past smoker with exposure to radon, your risk of developing lung cancer is much higher.
What can you do about Radon Poisoning?
Since radon is an odorless, tasteless & colorless gas, the only way to know if you are being exposed to radon is to have your home tested. If your levels come back higher than 4.0 pCi/L, you shoulddefinitely have a radon mitigation system installed. Even if your levels come back lower, it is a good idea to consider the installation of a remediation system. While you can install this system yourself, there are many stipulations (including it cannot be done yourself while your home is listed for sale). To guarantee proper installation, which greatly reduces your risk of radon poisoning, it is best to have a licensed Radon Professional install your mitigation system.
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Illinois Radon Laws Continued
We are continuing our look at Illinois Radon Laws. In our last post, we talked about how Illinois Radon Laws protect sellers, buyers & renters. This week we are looking at how our radon laws protect children & new construction dwellings.
Illinois Radon Law #3
As of January 1, 2013, Illinois mandated that all licensed daycare facilities test for the radioactive gas known as radon. Effective January 1, 2014, all daycare facilities have to show proof that their facilities have been tested within the last 3 years in order to maintain or apply for their license.
Illinois Radon Law #4
On June 1, 2013, the Radon Resistant Construction Act went into effect. This radon law mandates that all new construction of single-family homes, or condos, apartments & townhouses with two or fewer dwellings must have a passive radon pipe installed. The installation can be done by the residential building contractor, a subcontractor or a radon contractor during the new residential construction. In the event that the passive pipe needs to be activated (by installing a radon vent fan, creating an active radon mitigation system), the work must be performed by a radon mitigation contractor licensed by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
These Illinois Radon Laws are one step towards creating a safer environment for us to live, work & play. Have you heard of any of these Illinois radon laws? What other radon laws do you think should be implemented? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Share with us on Facebook!
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