We are leading specialists for radon testing, mitigation services for properties in Bristol. While Radon gas can not be seen, touched or smelt, it can be deadly. According to Public Health England, it is responsible for 1,100 deaths from lung cancer.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas and can be commonly found in the UK but it is all dependant on the high radon levels if there is mitigation works will need to be carried out.
If you are living in the Bristol area we would strongly recommend that you should purchase a form of radon testing.
The only true way to know if you have high levels of radon at your property in radon is to have radon testing carried out.
There are a number of different types of radon testing that can be purchased but the most common is the use of passive radon detectors. The passive radon detectors tend to be in packs of 2, which then allows you to test the most common areas where you spend the most time in.
One detector should be placed in the living room and one in the bedroom. If you have a basement then you should purchase an extra detector as basements are one of the most vulnerable areas to high levels of radon gas.
There are types of radon test kits that can be purchased one that monitors radon levels for 10 days and the other is for 3 months. For more accurate readings we recommend purchasing the 3 month radon test kits as there can be fluctuations in levels of radon due to changes in temperature.
However, it is possible you might not have the time to wait 3 months for the results due to the purchase of a new property. This where the 10 day radon test kits are the most useful.
There are sometimes circumstances when continual monitoring of radon levels in a property is a requirement. This is where a digital radon monitor would be required. PropertECO are official stockists of the Canary Digital Radon Monitor.
This amazing device is battery operated and provides a continual measurement of radon levels. It also provides both long and short term measurements. We also have available a range of digital radon monitors aimed at a more professional audience. For further information on these please contact us direct.
So you have had your detectors analysed and received your results from the laboratory, so how do I know if I have high levels of radon at my property in Bristol?
The units for measuring radon is becquerels per cubic metre of air (Bq m). The average for UK households is at 20 Bq/m3 and the risk from radon remains low when the levels are below 100 Becquerels (which is the target level set by Public Health England).
When radon levels are above the target level then there is a cause for concern and action will be acquired to reduce these levels.
Radon testing must be carried out in the workplace as the health and safety legislation was introduced called the IRR17 (Ionising Radiation Regulations).
This regulation states that radon testing must be carried out in the workplace if the premises are situated in a radon affected area. The regulation also states that if the building has a basement then radon testing will also need to be carried out.
Once the results have been received and you have been notified that you have high radon levels at your property, then radon mitigation works should be carried out to reduce your property’s radon levels below the target level.
Before radon mitigation works can be implemented, you first need a mitigation survey from a radon specialist to establish what radon remediation technique will be needed. There are two radon mitigation systems that can be utilised and these are positive pressure systems and radon sumps.
Positive pressure systems work by drawing the clean in from outside of the property and then it is then dispersed inside of the property.
The radon sumps work differently in that it is installed outside of the property and paperwork is installed underneath the property where radon is most common. The pipework collects the radon gas and then the fan will pump the harmful gas safely away from the building.
Both mitigation systems provide sufficient ways of reducing radon levels within your Bristol property. It is important to note that you should have a mitigation survey so they can identify what is the best mitigation system for your specific property.
We are experts in providing radon testing and mitigation services for your property in Bristol. You can purchase radon test kits from our Radon Shop.