What Is Radon Mitigation?

Radon is the leading environmental cause of lung cancer deaths. More than 40% of Minnesota homes have dangerous levels of radon gas. Radon mitigation is needed to protect those homes.

Read along with H&S as we find out what radon is and how radon mitigation works.

What Is Radon?

Radon is odorless, colorless and tasteless. More than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the U.S. are caused by radon. Because of this, radon testing is recommended for every home every 2-5 years.

Radon forms in the earth as a gas from decaying thorium and uranium. This heavy gas flows from the ground into basements or other low portions of homes through cracks in the foundation.

How Do You Detect Radon?

Radon testing is easy, inexpensive and only takes a few days of monitoring to determine if your home is at risk. Once radon testing confirms the gas is inside your home, mitigation is the only way to reduce radon levels.

How Is Radon Mitigation Handled?

Radon mitigation is done through a ventilation system.

If radon testing reveals you have radon levels of 4.0 pCi/L or more, a radon mitigation system can be installed. This is a ventilation system installed on an exterior wall which vents radon out of the basement or lower level.

Sealing of different cracks and other openings in the floors and walls of your basement or foundation also limit the flow of radon into your home.