Some areas in the country are naturally more known for having higher levels of radon gas in the ground and the atmosphere. Unfortunately, radon has been linked to various types of cancer and an array of other health issues. If you are a homeowner in one of these areas, there is no doubt you would like to know more about how to keep radon out of your house. While professional radon mitigation systems are always the most effective route to take, there are also a handful of things you can do on your own to keep radon out of the house.
Lay a heavy polyurethane sheet in your crawlspace over the ground.
Because radon gas is emitted from the ground, a home that is not on a concrete foundation can be a little more prone to having radon gas leaking into the house from the ground up. To ward off some of the levels of radon, you can install a heavy sheet of polyurethane material over the ground beneath your home. This will only be effective if you take the extra measures to adhere the sheet of polyurethane to the sides of the foundation inside the crawlspace and seam together any cut edges with a silicone caulking.
Improve the circulation inside of your home.
Radon gas levels continue to rise in most homes because homes are now designed to be more airtight than ever. Therefore, you can sometimes combat high levels of radon in your home with extra ventilation. For example, using window fans to circulate air through your house when the weather permits is a good way to prevent trapped radon gas from accumulating to high levels inside. Make use of return vents in your home and circulatory fans in the HVAC system that filter air from inside the house to the outdoors and vice versa.
Install a ceiling fan with a positive ion generator.
Positive ions in the air help deter radon gas particles to keep levels down inside of your home. Therefore, one of the simplest solutions to lower radon levels is to install one of these fans. If this is the route you take, make sure the fan is situated in the middle of the room and keep the fan powered on as much as possible.
There are a lot of ways you can naturally deter radon that has accumulation in your home, but there is no fool-proof DIY method. Contact a radon mitigation professional, such as Great Plains Radon, to get more advice about what you can do that may help.
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