How to Fix a Radon Problem/Radon Mitigation

When to Take Action

To keep yourself and your family safe, it is important to deal with any radon problems in your home as soon as possible. The more radon there is in your home, the quicker you should act to reduce it. The EPA recommends lowering radon levels as much as you can. Luckily, most homes can be fixed to have levels lower than 2.0 pCi/l.

If your home has a radon problem, it can be fixed by installing a radon mitigation system in the home. EPA and NREP recommend that you get a certified or licensed radon mitigation contractor to install the system.

What Can You Do to Lower Risk?

If you have to wait a while before you can reduce your radon problem, the EPA recommends these immediate steps to reduce risk:

  • Stop smoking and discourage smoking in your home. This reduces the overall risk of lung cancer.
  • Spend less time in areas where radon may be concentrated, such as the basement (lowest living area of the home).
  • Open windows and turn on fans to increase airflow. Good ventilation helps radon disperse naturally.
  • If your home has a crawl space, make sure the vents are fully open all year long. However, in some climates, this may result in energy loss or frozen pipes.
  • Remember: These steps are not a substitute for mitigation. If your home needs mitigation, these steps will help until you can have it done.

Radon Mitigation

  1. Certified Radon Mitigation Contractors
  2. What is a Radon Mitigation System?
  3. The Benefits of a Radon Mitigation System
  4. How to Know if a Radon Mitigation Contractor Did a Good Job


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