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How Do I Test For Radon?

Radon enters the home from the ground beneath a property and is odourless and invisible but 1100 deaths each year in the UK are attributed to radon-induced lung cancer, the majority as a result of exposure levels well below the current radon action level.

How Can I Measure Radon In My Home?

The amount of radon varies over time and from room to room. It is possible to check whether you are in a radon affected area by checking the latest radon risk report which can be purchased from Public Health England but this will only show the probability that you are in a radon affected area.

If you want accurate results that your property is affected by radon gas then it is best to carry out a test over three months to allow for variations in levels.

What Is A Safe Level?

Radon is measured in units called becquerels, and these are calculated per cubic metre. Generally speaking, a level below 100 Bq/m³ is considered low risk, and the UK average is far below this at 20 Bq/m³. As the radon level rises past the 100 Bq/m³ point, the risk begins to increase.

Testing For Radon Gas

Testing radon levels is simple, and merely involves placing a radon testing device in your home for at least 7 days to ensure an accurate reading is gathered.

If you live in an area where radon gas levels are likely to be high, it is recommended that you test your home.

If you opt to do this and discover levels to be within the safe zone, then there is a low risk or radon gas becoming a bigger issue.

However, should you find that there are dangerous levels of radon in your home, there are actions you can take to lower them to within the safe limits.

What Can You Do?

If you find out that your home contains high levels of radon gas, don't panic! There are simple solutions to reduce the amount of radon, and keep you and your family safe.

At EnviroVent, we offer a range of ventilation systems for your whole house, which improve your air quality and effectively deal with radon.

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