It’s the nasty thing that home inspectors around here just expect to find. And judging by the number of mitigation companies I found with a quick Google search, I was guessing that it truly is a thing. But really, what’s the big deal? This is our fourth home purchase in our 18 years of marriage, and we’ve not once had to contend with high levels of radon. Sounds a bit scammy, right?
Until you start looking into what radon is and what it can do.
First. What is it?
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that also happens to be radioactive.
Next. What’s the big deal?
If those little radioactive atoms are inhaled or ingested, they can release their radiation as they decay in your body. Because the reaction is quick and strong, it can damage your DNA and cause cancer. Lung cancer seems to be the most common one in the case of radon gas. Actually, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer right behind smoking. Eek.
So! This week we called up 5280 Radon Mitigation, a local company that came out and in just a few hours fixed us up with a sub-slab depressurization system. It basically vacuums the radon right out from under our house and vents it out over the roof so that it doesn’t just hang out where we can breathe it.
Yay! That’s it, right?
Wait, we live on a giant chunk of pink granite complete with uranium. There’s radon gas escaping all around us. Shouldn’t we be worried?
Well, ventilation is a good thing. And since the breeze is around more than it’s not, I’m not too concerned about being outside. Still, there are risks. And since the EPA says that most of our country is prone to high levels of radon, let me share a few other helpful ways to decrease or remove the baddies from our bodies:
- Spirulina/Chlorella — These green goodies (high in iodine and antioxidants like selenium) are notorious for ridding the body of garbage like radiation. I’m not into taking it in a goopy shake, though. But I found some in tablet form and we get ours from Azure Standard.
- Berkey Water Filters — It’s stylish and effective! The Berkey is king in the realm of water purification devices. It removes uranium plus bacteria, viruses, VOCs, heavy metals, pesticides, chlorine, fluoride, and a bunch more. Our shower filter is soon to be installed!
- Red wine — Well actually, it’s not totally proven that orally administered resveratrol works to protect against radiation injury, but what could it hurt to try?
In a few days, we’ll test the air in the house to make sure our mitigation system is working. And we’ll keep being proactive with the internal cleanses.
What about you? Have you had any run-ins with radiation? What’s your go-to solution?
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