If you are living in an area of Cumbria, then you are could potentially have high radon levels at your property. Radon is can be a big problem with the fact that it is responsible for over 1,100 deaths from lung cancer which is only behind smoking.
Our team at Property have been reducing radon in properties across the Cumbria and we can help you through the entire process. If you need a radon test, survey or mitigation system installed PropertECO are here to help.
There are three types of radon testing that can be carried out. If you are looking to buy or sell a house, then it is more than likely you will need quick results. If you are looking to sell your property in Cumbria area then it is best to carry out a test and if you have carried out the necessary steps to reduce the radon levels then this will benefit you as it could add value to the building.
Purchasing a 10-day radon test kit will be able to provide the results you need. however, if you are not time-constrained a 3 month radon test kit would have more beneficial as it would provide more accurate results.
You can also purchase digital radon monitors which might be necessary if the property needs continual monitoring of radon levels. One of the main benefits of this device is that not only does continually monitor radon levels, but it is also able to provide measurements for both short and long term.
A common question we often get asked is “where do you place the radon detectors in the property?”. We often tell our customers that one should be placed on the ground floor and one on the first floor of the building. If your property has a basement, then we would highly recommend that a radon detector should be placed there as this is one of the areas in a building that is affected by particularly high levels of radon.
The way radon is measured is through Becquerels and average for a household is 20 Bq/m3. If your property is above 100 Bq/m3 then it is something you might have to be concerned with.
As we have already mentioned radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer so it is definitely a problem that needs to be dealt with. One of the biggest issues with radon is that you can not see, smell or touch it. This is why we recommend that if you are in living the Cumbria area that you purchase a radon test kit online to check to see if you are suffering from high radon levels.
If you have had a radon detector placed at your property and you have received the results back and they are showing radon levels of above 100 Bq/m3 then this where you will need to book a radon mitigation survey. Having a radon mitigation survey at your property will entail the radon specialist to provide an inspection of the building and determine what type of radon mitigation will need to be installed to reduce the radon levels below the target level.
There are two remediation mitigation systems that can be used and these are: radon sumps and positive pressure ventilation systems. A radon sump is installed on the outside of the building and the pipework is installed underneath the property. The way it works is that it draws the radon from underneath the ground and the fan will then pump the gas away from the property.
The positive pressure system is installed inside of the building and it operates by drawing clean air from outside of the property and then it is dispersed throughout the rest of the building.
It is important to test for radon at your property. As explained, Cumbria is an area that is susceptible to having high levels of radon. You can purchase a radon test kit online from our Radon Shop where we sell both 10 day and 3 month test kits as well as digital radon monitors.
If you are struggling to decide which radon testing to buy, then you get in touch with one of our radon specialists by filling in the form down or calling 0800 046 6193.