Radon Gas Posts

Maps of areas of Radon Gas in Northamptonshire:

Maps of areas of Radon Gas in Northamptonshire highlight the invisible radioactive gas radon has been found in certain areas of the county,

A Government-produced map reveals Radon is worryingly prevalent in areas such as radon in Corby, radon in Wellingborough and radon gas in Kettering.
Areas of radon in Northampton are also subject to the red “highest Radon potential in 1km grid square” warning.
Public Health England claims this level is so high that in some homes the risk to health is greater than working in a nuclear powerplant.
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Maps show where the invisible radioactive gas radon has been found in Northamptonshire.

Around 1,100 lung cancer deaths have been attributed to exposure to the gas every year.

It means the odourless gas is responsible for more premature deaths than both workplace accidents and drink-driving combined.

The element comes from the radioactive decay of small amounts of uranium which occur naturally in rocks and soils.

The dust is trapped in our airways and emits radiation that damages the inside of our lungs.

This harm, similar to the effects caused by smoking, increases our risk of lung cancer.

Radon levels are generally safe outside but they can build indoors and pose a risk to peoples health.

Public Health England claims this level is so high that in some homes the risk to health is greater than working in a nuclear powerplant.

To the west of county, towards Daventry and Rugby, the ratings ease off to lower levels.

Landlords have a responsibility to their tenants:

Landlords have a responsibility to their tenants under Duty of Care and the Housing Act to provide a safe home.

Radon is identified as a potential hazard in dwellings in the Housing Act 2004.
Landlords should certainly beware, failure to act on a suspected radon gas issue or in fact any issue under the Homes (fitness for human habitation) Act 2018 means the risk of being sued by your tenant. The act also means you are liable for not supplying adequate ventilation and failing to supply freedom from damp.

Therefore, it is now more important than ever that you invest in a ventilation solution for all your properties.
We recommend that action to reduce radon levels is taken if the annual average radon concentration in a property is at or above the Action Level of 200 Bq m-3.
There are two main remediation techniques available for lowering your radon levels: installing a radon sump or introducing positive pressure.

Positive Input Ventilation (PIV) systems create fresh and healthy living environments by supplying fresh, filtered air into a property at a continuous rate throughout a property and is our most popular method of whole house ventilation. Positive ventilation brings fresh air into a home, and dilutes the radon. The flow of air and radon from the ground may also be reduced. A positive ventilation system can be effective in homes with radon levels up to and around 500 Bq m-3.
For higher levels of radon, a radon sump would be required. This is a technique in which a small void is created underground beneath the property. This void serves as the lowest pressure point in the ground and collects radon gas from the soil, rather than the gas being drawn into the property which ordinarily represents the lowest point of pressure.

Pipework and an inline fan, normally installed on an outside wall of the building, exhaust radon continuously from the sump and discharge it safely into the atmosphere well away from the building.

We offer a radon measurement service for individuals and for landlords.

Good ventilation in homes is more important than ever:

Given the risk of the coronavirus infection, the professional advice is to maximise the fresh supply into your home / office.

“The more fresh air, the less you’re running the risk of recirculating the virus through the building / property.” says Prof Cath Noakes of the University of Leeds and chair of the environmental panel of the government’s SAGE advisers, speaking in a personal capacity.

“Recent studies have shown that airborne transmission of COVID-19 presents a serious risk and could be a significant factor to the spread of the disease. Transmission can be either through large droplets or small airborne aerosol particles, which can be emitted when sneezing, coughing or talking. Small droplets remain in the air for longer and can travel further than large droplets and could therefore cause greater risk. Another prime method of transmission is through surface contact via hand-to-hard or hand-to-surface, which is why good sanitation is essential.

Evidence from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDPC) states that poor ventilation in confined indoor spaces is associated with increased transmission of respiratory infections, such as COVID-19. Studies of 318 outbreaks in China demonstrated that transmission in all but one case had occurred in indoor spaces.

The length of time that people stay in an indoor setting appears to increase the transmission rate. According to ECDC, research into an outbreak in a call centre in South Korea found there was a COVID-19 incidence rate of 43.5% amongst 216 employees on the ninth floor, which indicated extensive transmission in a crowded indoor workplace. Almost all those affected were seated on the same side of the ninth floor. Even though ninth floor staff had interacted with colleagues on other floors, the infection had not been transmitted, which suggested that length of time in contact is a major factor in its spread.

In another case in China, 23 out of 67 passengers on a bus were infected by one passenger. However, all passengers that were seated close to a window remained healthy, apart from the passenger sitting next to the infected case. This and further evidence have suggested that transmission of COVID-19 is more likely to occur in closed indoor spaces with poor ventilation.
Poorly ventilated buildings are those which will inevitably lead to ill occupants and never has this been truer than today, therefore ensuring homes are effectively ventilated is more important than ever.”

For more information on improving the air quality in your home / buildings – talk to Radon Protection UK on 0800 978 8435.

Tenants and Homeowners, your health matters!

Tenants and Homeowners, your health matters!

Every home has a smoke detector, but what about radon gas?
More people die from exposure to radon gas than house fires or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Radon is an invisible radioactive gas and is present in many areas across Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Oxfordshire and Rutland.

Our Radon and indoor air quality monitors help you see what’s hiding in the air you breathe at home!

Here at Radon Protection we recognise during #lockdown2 we are spending even more time indoors!

This week in collaboration with #Airthings, Radon Protection UK have launched a campaign to alert the public to the dangers of #radon gas. We are offering £10 OFF our Corentium Radon Monitors.
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Public Health England Radon Forum:

November is usually the time for Public Health England’s annual Radon Forum, which brings together many of us from the radon world to attend presentations, share information and network over lunch.
As you have probably guessed, they are unable to hold the Forum this year owing to COVID-19 restrictions.
Yesterday we joined the first of the PHE November online seminars covering the concerns of radon in the U.K.

WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL:

WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS AS USUAL.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday evening, we can confirm that, in line with Government guidance, Radon Protection UK will be operating for business as part of the Construction industry.
We will continue to offer Radon Testing and Radon Mitigation installations and will follow the strict safety measures we have already implemented to maintain the well-being of all of our customers.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to find out more about how we can help you, and we will keep you updated if there are any other changes.

Estate Agents – tackling the issue of Radon:

Estate Agents – tackling the issue of Radon:

Radon Protection UK offers Radon testing in domestic properties through to the installation of Radon mitigation systems. We also carry out regular local property surveys in both existing properties and New Homes should the issue of radon arise during the property sale process.

Radon is a radioactive gas as a result from decaying uranium in the ground and is found in locations across the UK including Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. Radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer in the UK and is linked to 1000 deaths per year.

This guide is intended to provide you with the information to aid you when dealing with the subject of radon gas and the potential pitfalls between a buyer and the seller. If a property falls within a radon affected area, this will be highlighted in the Environmental / land search – or can be identified using the Public Health England map for guidance.

If a property is in a radon affected area, it is possible that the current home owners may be aware of the radon risk in the area and have already carried out tests to check the property’s radon levels.

If no previous testing has been carried out, it is possible to carry out a short-term screening test, where detectors are left in place for 10 days before being returned to our laboratory for analysis. The results from this test will give you a ‘snapshot’ of the current radon level and provide a good indication as to whether any remedial works will be necessary. At this stage, we can provide a property survey and quotation for the necessary works to help speed the process along if required.

Alternatively, there is the option for the property sale to proceed as normal, the buyers move into the property and then carry out a full three-month test – this is where a radon bond would come into place.

In order that radon testing doesn’t hold up property transactions the solicitors on both sides can agree a ‘radon bond’ wherein a sum of money from the purchase price, agreed upon by both parties, is retained by the solicitor for a set period of time whilst testing is carried out. The funds will be realised back to the original seller should  elevated levels be present, then an official radon bond occurs when both parties sign a contract that outlines how the bond will work.

Arranging a radon bond:

Under this system, the seller and buyer agree on a sum of money that is likely to be enough to cover the cost of a typical radon remediation system should one be required. The money is taken out of the buyer’s purchase price and held by a third party (for example, a solicitor) until the test result is known and any reduction measures have been carried out. Both parties sign a contract that stipulates how the bond will work. Sometimes the money is released before the work is carried out to fund the remediation.

In most cases, the test shows radon levels below the action level, then no further action is necessary and the bond money is released back to the seller.

The bond’s life must also be realistic, allowing – for example – at least four months from completion of house sale to obtain a radon test result. If this result is at or above the Action Level another two months should be allowed for the completion of remediation work.

There are two main remediation techniques available for lowering your radon levels: installing a radon sump or introducing positive pressure. Our team have many years of experience implementing these methods in buildings and successfully bringing radon levels down to an acceptable concentration.

Securing a bond will give the buyers a degree of confidence that even if you have elevated levels then you have retained the funds to allow for the works to be carried out.

If you require any further information or have concerns about the possibility of radon in a property you’re dealing with, we provide a comprehensive, confidential and accurate service. You can reach us Monday – Saturday on 0800 978 8435.

Radon reduction using – Positive Input Ventilation:

Radon reduction using – Positive Input Ventilation:

A loft mounted Positive Input Ventilation Systems (PIV) will provide the necessary ventilation to your entire house by using filtered air from within the loft space.

The radon levels are reduced by adding positive pressure into the property via a hallway ceiling diffuser.

For more information on how PIV’s can reduce radon levels in your home.

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  • Perfect for further reducing radon levels below 500 Bq m-3
  • Helps to reduce condensation on bathroom walls and the inside of windows.
  • Benefits Asthma Sufferers by improving air quality in your property.
  • Low Running Costs
  • Quiet Operation
  • Manufacturer’s warranty

Stamford: Loft mounted Positive Input Ventilation Systems (PIV).

Yesterday we attended a property in Stamford and installed a loft mounted Positive Input Ventilation Systems (PIV).
Perfect for further reducing radon levels below 500 Bq m-3

PIV’s will provide the necessary ventilation to your entire house by using filtered air from within the loft space.

The radon levels are reduced by adding positive pressure into the property via a hallway ceiling diffuser.

Contact us for more information on how PIV’s can reduce radon levels in your home.