February 28, 2018 – Phoenixville, PA – Keystone ETS Advises Homeowners to check for radon in the winter because levels are the highest. Every year, according the the EPA, nearly 21,000 Americans succumb to a type of lung cancer caused by exposure to radon. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is commonly present in the basements and lower house floors. Having a property tested for radon and enacting proper radon remediation steps is essential to reducing and eliminating a household’s risk of deadly radon exposure.
Why Should You Test for Radon in the Winter?
Several factors can increase radon levels in the winter months, allowing specialists to accurately assess the risks to homeowners.
Closed Quarters Keep Bad Air Circulating
During the winter, households are generally kept in closed conditions, with windows and doors kept shut and household HVAC equipment recirculating indoor air. This state can impact the concentration of radon in a house as radon rises through the soil beneath a home’s foundation and permeates the indoor air environment.
Air Pressure Differential (AFD)Can Cause Homes to Pull in Radon Gas
Pressure in a home increases whenever the difference between outdoor temperatures and indoor temperatures is greatest. The biggest differential is usually in the winter, but summer is a close second place. When the air inside is warmer than that outside, which in Pennsylvania is a given in the winter, a sort of vacuum is created, pushing air upward and outward, and pulling more in from the soil below. This phenomenon is called the stack effect, for its similarity to a chimney’s function. If radon is present in the soil, more of the gas is pulled into the home during this cold weather.
Frozen Ground Traps Radon Gas
When the ground around a house is frozen and covered with snow, it leads to a greater concentration of radon in a house because the radon is unable to escape through the ice, and takes the easier path through the soil under the home. The closed conditions intensify the effect.
Residents Spend More Time Breathing Indoor Air
In the winter, the cold weather tends to cause residents to spend more time indoors, therefore they have greater exposure to the gas. Specialists in radon gas testing and radon remediation can help mitigate the danger to those living in the home. Radon remediation systems are available to both remove radon gas currently in a home and prevent the entry of future radon gas. A remediation expert will assess which is best for a given construction.
Testing a home’s radon levels during the coldest months of winter gives homeowners and radon remediation contractors the clearest picture of a property’s radon risk. Radon remediation experts utilize cutting-edge equipment that gives highly accurate results right away. The speed and accuracy of these methods give homeowners a better peace of mind and, in high radon scenarios, enable radon remediation experts to work quickly to install radon mitigation systems to create a cleaner, healthier indoor environment.
About Keystone ETS Testing and Remediation Specialists
Keystone ETS is a fully insured, licensed, and certified radon testing service and radon remediation company. The company is certified by the PA-DEP (Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) to perform radon testing and radon remediation services. The Keystone ETS team focuses on providing quality, through education, workmanship, and environmental stewardship to benefit residents and the community. For details or more information, contact the company directly at (610) 557-3093 or visit the website: https://keystoneets.com
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