Radon is a naturally occurring, colourless, odourless radioactive gas present in the air we breathe.
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.
Long term exposure to high radon levels have been found to increase the risk of lung cancer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. Radon is odourless, the only way to find out if you have Radon in your home is to test.
The only way to know if a property has Radon is to test.
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.
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.
If Radon mitigation is recommended after long-term radon measurements in your home, you should contact your local authority for information on grants.
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 your house has been tested and you wish to reduce the levels, contact us for advice.
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.