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Radon is a colourless, odourless gas that is formed by the radioactive decay of uranium in rocks and soil. This is a perfectly natural process and, as a result, small levels of radon are around us all the time. However, when radon is allowed to build up in an enclosed space, like a basement or cellar, it can become health hazard.
Radon is measured in becquerels per cubic metre or Bq m-3. The average property in Scotland is likely to contain 20 Bq m-3 and this is perfectly safe. In fact, any radon level below 100 Bq m-3, is not a cause for concern. That said, when levels of radon increase the risks to health increase too.
Radon gas produces radioactive dust in the air and when this dust is inhaled it continues to emit radiation inside the lungs. This radiation can cause localised tissue damage which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has linked this to lung cancer. It is estimated that radon is responsible for 1,100 lung cancer deaths in the UK every year.
Wise Basement Systems offer two effective remediation solutions for reducing radon to safe levels. The first is a gas membrane installation. These membranes prevent radon gas from getting into the property by forming an impenetrable barrier between the property and the ground that surrounds its foundations.
Somtimes fitting a gas membrane is not a viable option, fortunately there are also gas ventilation options available that use filtered fresh air to force radon gas outside the property.
Gas membranes provide an airtight barrier to potentially hazardous ground gas. They can be installed into existing properties and construction sites.Gase Membranes
Gas ventilation systems filter harmful ground gasses such as radon, methane and CO2 away from your property leaving any occupants safe.Gas ventilation
If you are worried about radon in your property then our team is on hand to help. Call Wise Basement Systems today on 0808 256 4538 to see what we can do for you. You can also contact us online using our contact form.
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