Spring has sprung, which means flowers are blooming and the time for spring cleaning is here. While making your housework to-do list, it’s important to factor in your indoor air quality so you and your family avoid breathing in unhealthy particles from mold, dangerous chemicals, and gases like radon.
Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that rises from the ground into homes. Over time, exposure to radon in the air can cause major health issues (like lung cancer), and many are unaware they’ve been exposed until it’s too late. This spring, we recommend taking the time to perform a few radon mitigation efforts so your family can stay safe year-round. Whether you’re new to radon testing or already have a mitigation system in your home, these simple radon mitigation steps can help you stay on top of your health and avoid the dangerous effects of radon exposure.
- Test Your Home for Radon - If you have never tested your home, or if you haven’t tested your home in two years, it’s time to perform a radon test! Utah Radon Services provides free tests for all Utah residents and your portion of the test can be completed in 48 hours.
- Check Your Manometer - If you have a radon mitigation system in your home, now is a good time to check your manometer. Your system’s manometer can let you know if you have adequate suction and airflow. Click here to learn how to read a manometer and what to do if your manometer shows there is no suction in your system.
- Listen for Your Fan - While checking your manometer, place your ear near the system’s pipe to ensure your radon fan is running. If you hear your fan running, you can check another box off your to-do list! If you do not hear your fan, we recommend verifying that it is plugged in, then calling your installer to potentially replace the fan.
3 Simple Radon Mitigation Steps - It’s simple and easy to cross these tasks off your list. Not only can they be completed quickly, but they also help ensure your friends and family stay safe from the potentially life-threatening impact of radon exposure. Talk about a weekend well spent!