You’ve heard the horror stories: “Radon causes lung cancer.” Or, to be more precise, “Radon is linked with lung cancer.” It’s scary; so what can you do?
One easy step is to understand how radon enters homes. There are four ways:
- Designed openings in floors and walls: Windows and doors allow air into living spaces by design.
- Permeable flooring and wall materials: Materials such as concrete, brick, wood, vinyl, and tile are not airtight.
- Structural cracks: Defects in home appear over time, and settling cracks are common.
- Gaps in designed penetrations: Improperly sealed pipes, pits, and drains allow air into the living space.
You can deal with #3-4 with repairs, but #1-2 require a radon mitigation system in place.