Radon and Winter
Winter is coming! and with it brings raised radon levels. Radon levels can increase tremendously during the winter months, so if you are in an area that has powerful winter weather then it may be in your best interest to test your home for radon and get any radon issues addressed before the cold weather really hits. The real issue during the winter months for those of us that are in those areas is the increase of radon gas as well as the amount of time spent inside of your home due to cold weather, in other words your exposure to the gas is greater of that time period.
In spring, summer, and fall radon usually can escape through the soil around the house since the pourosity of the soil is much greater allowing radon gas to be released around the house and into the outdoor air where it can safely breakdown. In winter there is an issue with the soil pourosity as well as having a layer of snow on top of the soil that creates a layer of insulation, That is where the problem takes place with the radon gas levels in your home. Since the radon gas has no where to go around your home because of the frozen ground and the snow pack it can not exit the soil and breakdown into the outdoor air but instead it finds a way to exit into your home as that is the path of least resistance for the gas to exit into the outdoor air. With no where else to go but into your home radon levels can increase drastically in the winter causing greater exposure levels and more time of exposure as well.
With old man winter right around the corner it is suggested to make sure if you have any radon issues that you get them addressed as soon as possible. There are many ways to get a test kit and most of them are very quick in turn around time so you can find out quickly what your home radon levels are and address those radon gas issues effectively in a timely matter. Get your home tested today!