To crap myself about radon
Radonargh · 27/12/2019 20:50
I'm a single mum. Finances are tight. I have 2 young dc and have just bought a house with elevated radon levels currently measuring about 130 bq per meter cubed. I don't have the financial resources to do mitigation work and im worried about the effect on me and the children. I've already mortgaged myself to the hilt. So I won't be able to get a loan. Advice please??!?!
Am I being unreasonable?AIBU
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ThatsMySantaHisBeardIsSoFluffy · 27/12/2019 20:58
You're only just above the target level and below the action level, so it's not totally hideous.
However, the time to do something about it, given your financial situation, was pre-exchange, as you could've at least asked the seller to do something.
Surplus2requirements · 27/12/2019 21:18
Firstly it's below the action level so don't panic. The easiest (cheapest) way to reduce levels is to leave windows, at least two, cracked open on the ground level.
Don't use extractor fans without a window open (reduces air pressure drawing radon in).
The rest depends on construction really.
Cover any bare earth under floorboards with oversite damp proof membrane sealed to foundations however works best. That will probably mean lifting some boards but any handyperson could do it rather than calling in expensive specialists.
If slabs floors seal any gaps between slab and walls with frame sealant.
PlanDeRaccordement · 27/12/2019 22:04
Just ventilate the ground floor. Radon is a gas that comes up from the bedrock. It rises upwards and causes problems because it get trapped within the house.
So you simply leave a few windows on ground floor cracked. In winter, just opening a few for 20mins a day is enough to clear it out.
If you have an open chimney, that works to pull the radon up and out too.
mumwon · 27/12/2019 22:17
read round the site - the most important thing is to not smoke cigarettes
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