It’s renovation season! Home renovation and remodeling projects, most times initiated by choice and not necessity, are often started in the spring. Restorations, however, are frequently urgent and done out of necessity due to damage from water, mold, fire or structural issues. These 3 Rs all have a different ‘R’ in common, Radon.
If you don’t know what Radon is…you should.
Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive, toxic gas, which means you won’t know it’s there till it’s too late. It’s the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking and it’s everywhere. (Ohio is a high-risk zone) It is produced as a by-product of the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil beneath us. Radon enters your home through your building’s foundation where it is trapped and concentrates, and you breathe it in. Radon can also enter your well water. Which means you could be drinking it too.
For exactly how this ties in with a home renovation, read on.
According to the EPA, if you’re planning any major structural renovation, such as converting an unfinished basement area into living space, it’s especially important to test the area for radon before you begin. If your test results indicate high levels of radon, radon-resistant new construction techniques (also referred to as RRNC) can be inexpensively included as part of the remodel.
Scheduling a radon test is easy.
Even if you tested your home prior to your renovation project and the radon test result was below the 4.0 pCi/L (level at which the EPA recommends fixing), you should test again because the work done in your home could have changed factors that might affect radon levels.
If you’re doing a home remodel with the intention to sell your home, a radon tested and radon free home is a great selling point, especially if your home is located in a high risk radon zone. Click here to see the EPA’s radon risk zone map.