How to find out if your home is affected by radon gas
Radon gas is a serious health concern and an issue that is beginning to receive more media attention.
Yet the general public is still largely unaware of the resources available and the action they can take if they discover that their homes are vulnerable;.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, formed by the decay of small amounts of uranium in all rocks and soils.
However, it is produced in higher concentrations in certain areas and becomes a potential health threat when it is trapped in poorly ventilated buildings. Good circulation of air around the home is therefore vital in combating the effects of radon.
Over a number of years, a build-up of this radioactive gas can result in damage to the lungs.
Last month, the UK Radon Association, alongside Public Health England (PHE) launched a campaign aimed at improving understanding of radon gas.
In an open letter, the association’s chairman Martin Freeman pointed to an “overwhelming lack of public awareness about radon and the dangers associated with it.”
He added: “Work to promote the health risks associated with radon exposure began in the UK in the late 1980s. Clearly the efforts of the last 25 years have not succeeded and rather than carry on with a proven blueprint for failure, a fresh approach is essential.”
So what can you do if you are concerned about radon?
The first thing to check is if you live in an area that has large concentrations.
The British Geological Survey and PHE has produced a searchable map, which you can look at by going to ukradon.org
You can also ask for a home test, which will show you how good the air quality is in your property.
If homeowners are thinking about installing energy efficiency measures such as insulation, then they need to consider factors including ventilation.
There is a misconception that insulation prevents fresh air from entering your property, whereas a good installer will make sure your home is still breathable.
At Noreus we can also stop radon gas from entering the home using our floor sealing system.
Our team will test the air quality in your home and install filters which promote good circulation. This allows people to enjoy all the benefits of a warm and cosy home but with the knowledge that the air inside their house is fresh, clean and healthy.
For more information about energy-saving measures and to ask for an air quality test on your home, contact us now on 0845 474 6641.