Jack Frost will be nipping at your nose soon and he might be bringing higher radon levels with him. In homes that are located in cold weather areas like Connecticut and Rhode Island, radon levels can increase colder months. This can be a huge issue that you need to be aware of.
Most people stay inside in the colder months, hopefully it’s by a cozy fire. Your home is supposed to be your safe place. But are you really safe? Radon levels in many homes tend to be higher during the winter months. Here are a few of the reasons why:
1. Stack effect can draw more radon into your home. In the winter warm air rises and can escape to the cold air outside. Houses also pull in air from the dirt they are built upon. The air from the soil can be sucked in through cracks in the concrete, plumbing pipe penetrations, sump pump pits, floor drains, crawlspaces and any other areas that can come into contact with the soil. The new air entering can contain radon gas.
2. Greater concentrations of radon can enter the home during winter months. Typically in the winter months your yard will eventually freeze and can be covered by snow. This creates a blanket effect in the ground around your house. Since the ground is frozen less radon is escaping in the yard and more could be getting sucked into your home.
3. Closed house conditions during the winter can keep radon gas levels from being diluted by fresh air. Don’t think opening your windows in the winter is a good idea! It can actually be doing the opposite of what you want it to do because of the stack effect, you could be pulling more radon into your house.
If you have high radon levels during any season consider radon mitigation to reduce the levels. Radon mitigation can reduce radon levels consistently throughout the year to rid yourself of any seasonal variations.