Radon, it is a naturally occurring gas in the environment which holds no color nor odor making it so elusive that when breathing it in, you won’t have any idea you are actually doing so. When inhaled for long periods, it can increase the risk of lung cancer and other lung complications. Add that to the fact that radon can come from underground and can rise up into the houses of many people here in the US. With all those facts in mind, radon gas is something that has to be taken quite seriously. Fortunately, there is something called Radon Mitigation which is the process that helps to reduce the amount of radon in our homes.
Radon mitigation can involve a variety of processes mostly involving the installation of a system composed of pipes and fans which vent out the radon that has built up indoors and bring them outdoors where it can dilute into the air and not have any negative health consequences on people. However, many people today still don’t have a proper understanding on radon and its mitigation thus creating certain assumptions which creates controversy. Today, we are going to walk you through the truth about these assumptions.
Controversial Assumption #1: “Radon will not affect me or my health” – Radon gas has been around for a very long time even before mankind walked the earth. So many could question why we are learning about it just recently. Well, experts who have done the research have recently started to discover how detrimental it can be to our health. It is because of that people should start considering Radon Mitigation in their houses for safety.
Understand that radon gas is the second leading cause of lung problems next to smoking and the fact that you can be caught unaware breathing it only makes it worse.
Controversial Assumption #2: “I don’t have to worry about mitigating because there are no regulations on it” – While this assumption may be true for some, we as citizens, cannot just rely on what the government regulates in order for us to know what is right and what we have to do. However, this doesn’t mean that the government is not showing any concern to this matter. In fact, in Ohio, there are requirements to do radon testing in your home. In other states, it has also become required for a mitigation system to be installed in newly-built homes.
Controversial Assumption #3: “I have more important matters than taking care of radon gas” – With our society today, it is quite easy to get caught up in a lot of stuff. We could be trying to tackle a deadline or take care of a sick relative. However, what will happen if someone in the household starts having respiratory problems due to radon inhalation? Prevention is always better than the cure.
It is because of that you should make it a priority to think about Radon Mitigation and invest in a good radon mitigation system if your home has been tested to have high levels of radon.