So you performed a radon detection test and it came back positive for radon? Do not worry. There is no reason to panic straight away. If you have performed only one test so far then the researchers recommend performing another test to confirm the results of the first test. The initially performed test might have been a false positive or the radon concentration might have gone up a little due to a fluctuation in the weather. For the follow-up the test you also have the option to opt for a short-term test which yields the test results quicker than the long-term test and only requires 2-7 days to provide the test results. However, if the test results indicate the level of radon higher than 4 picocuries per liter than you must be concerned and perform Radon Mitigation as soon as possible.
Interpreting the test results:
If the average of both the test results is under 4 picocuries per liter than there is no need to panic at the moment but be aware that your house has shown some potential of hosting radon poisoning and you must repeat the testing procedure in the near future to eliminate any ambiguity.
You have several options when it comes to Radon Mitigation techniques. The type of the technique that needs to be chosen depends on several factors. Some top of the list factors includes weather and climatic conditions, the severity of the problem and the area as well as the architecture of the building where the radon mitigation is to be performed. You may either choose to perform the simple tests that do not require any professional help and can be performed by one’s own self. However, if there is a severe problem and the level of radon is extremely high then it is suggested that you hire a professional company to do the task for you.
Source of finding radon problem:
Once it has been determined that the amount of radon in your surroundings is very high and radon poisoning has been confirmed then the source of the problem has to be identified to make sure that specific source can be targeted and this problem can be solved once and for all. But even before finding the source it is important to confirm whether the poisoning is in the water or the atmosphere. Once precisely found this process narrows the possible sources through which radon is entering the house.
In case of water poisoning, it is pretty obvious that the source of radon is underground water. However, if the type of poisoning one is facing is the poisoning of the air than the source of radon may be air coming in the building and its entrapment or the small gaps and openings in the ground or plumbing system that allow radon to enter the house. “Radon mitigation” refers to a series of methods and techniques that are used to decrease the radon concentration in the affected area whether it is the atmosphere, environment or any water body.