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home tests positive for radon

As last week’s blog mentioned, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and is a Class A carcinogen. Do you know people who are afraid to go to the doctor because they fear the possibility of bad news? Similarly, many people in the Lexington Ky area put off having their home checked for radon because they fear if there is a safety issue they won’t know how to handle the problem. Fortunately, the fixes are relatively easy. Here’s what to do if your home tests positive for radon:

Perform a second test. Absolute Home Inspection can provide a thorough inspection and confirm (or deny) the presence of radon.

Once unsafe radon levels have been confirmed, hire a qualified radon mitigation expert to make any adjustments or repairs. Mitigation requires special training and therefore is not a DIY project.

If the levels are borderline, between 2-4 picocuries per liter, radon can be reduced with minor work. Your radon specialist may caulk entry points such as cracks in the basement floor. This may not be a long term solution therefore levels need to be checked regularly to ensure that the sealing compound is still providing a barrier.

The standard fix for radon is the installation of a subslab depressurization (SSD) system. The SSD system vents the gases under your slab out above the roof where they dissipate harmlessly.

Wouldn’t you like to know if your home tests positive for radon? Be proactive about your family’s health. Call Absolute to schedule your radon test.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.