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What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring, colourless, odourless radioactive gas present in the air we breathe. .

Where does Radon come from?

Radon is a breakdown of  uranium which is present  in the ground.  It seeps out of the ground and can collect in enclosed spaces such as workplaces and homes.

The amount of uranium in the ground varies from all over the UK,  resulting in higher radon levels  in some parts of the country than in others.

What are the effects of Radon?

Long term exposure to high radon levels have been found to increase the risk of lung cancer.

Why do Radon tests take 90 Days?

A 90 Day long term Radon test  is required due to the fact radon levels can vary on a daily basis.   A 7 Day Short term Radon Screening  Test  will  indicate the radon concentration level within a property & if the levels maybe higher or lower than the recommended radon levels of a 90 Day Radon test.

Is only the south west of England affected by Radon?

No. Radon is a natural occurring gas which is present in the air.   Some of the highest levels have been found in the southwest, but levels well above average have been found in other parts of England and parts of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  

What is the Action Level for Radon and What is the risk at Action level?

The National Radiological Protection Board recommends that radon levels should be reduced in homes where the average is more than 200 becquerels per cubic metre. This recommendation is endorsed by the Government.   On average, about one in thirty people exposed for a lifetime at the Action Level would be expected to develop lung cancer.

Can high levels of Radon in a home be reduced?

Yes,  radon mitigation methods are available to reduce radon levels in existing homes. The choice of method used to mitigate radon may differ between properties.  If you require any further information on radon mitigation Please contact us

Is there anything being done to prevent Radon problems in new homes?

Yes. Since 1998 the BRE introduced regulations to reduce radon levels in new homes. You can check with your local authority to see what regulations apply in your area.

Can you smell Radon gas?

No, Radon is odourless,  the only way to find out if you have radon in your home is to test.

I am buying a house in a Radon area, does this mean my property will be affected?

The only way to know if a property has radon is to test.

How much retention fee should I have on a new house that has not been tested for Radon gas?

The retention fee needs to be agreed between the two parties.  A standard external mitigation active sump system  can cost between £1400.00 – £2,000.

Does opening your doors and windows make a difference to how much Radon gas is in your home?

Increasing the ventilation, especially on the ground floor, will in most cases cause a slight reduction in the radon levels.     In certain types of properties opening windows on the lower level can increase the radon levels on the upper parts of the property.

Can I get help with costs for any work being done?

If radon mitigation is recommended after long-term radon measurements in your home, you should contact your local authority for information on grants.

Are all new houses tested for Radon gas?

At present there is no requirement for a builder to test a house before it is sold.   However Public Health England recommend all new houses should be tested for radon within the first 12 months.  

If I have Radon gas what do I do?

If your house has been tested and you wish to reduce the levels, contact us for advice.

Can someone place my monitors for me?

Our Domestic Radon Test Kits are simple to install,  full instructions are included in the pack.   We offer a placement service for business clients. Please refer to our commerical page.

Are you required by law to have a Radon test?

All Commercial premises located in radon affected areas have a duty of care to their staff and under the Health & Safety at Work Act are required to undertake radon testing.   During the buying / selling process of domestic properties a radon gas search will be completed during conveyancing searches.

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