The Radon Barrier Company Ltd
Ballinagare
Castlerea
Co Roscommon
Tel: 083 8814505
Mobile: 086 2240472
The Radon Barrier Company Ltd
Ballinagare
Castlerea
Co Roscommon
Tel: 083 8814505
Mobile: 086 2240472

How Radon Enters your HouseRadon is a chemical element (symbol Rn and atomic number 86). It is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, occurring naturally as the decay product of radium.It is one of the heaviest substances that remains a gas under normal conditions and is considered to be a health hazard due to its radioactivity.

Its most stable isotope 222Rn , has a half life of 3.8 days. Due to its high radioactivity, it has been less well-studied by chemists, but a few compounds are known.

RadonBarrier2A Radon Barrier is a flexible sheet of material designed to prevent Radon Gas from entering a building (either a Home or a Workplace).
Current regulations stipulate that a Radon Barrier must be fitted into new-built buildings in at-risk areas.

The Radon Barrier is fitted after the foundations of the building have been laid, and is covered with a concrete slab.

Radon ExtractionThe method primarily used to reduce Radon Gas build-up in the home/business is a vent pipe system and fan, which pulls Radon from beneath the building and vents it to the outside.

This method is also known as  " Sub-slab depressurization", "Active soil depressurization", or "Soil suction". Generally indoor radon can be mitigated by sub-slab depressurization and exhausting such radon-laden air to the outdoors, away from windows and other building openings.

Radon Barrier being installedA total of 77 homes in Donegal were measured for Radon as part of the national radon measurement programme.

In Co Donegal, the location with the highest level was Ballybofey. Nearly 600 homes from across the country were found to have high levels of cancer-causing radon gas so far this year.

This is the highest number identified in any period since the national programme began.

Radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is linked to 150 to 200 lung cancer deaths each year in Ireland. More homes have been measured this year than ever before, due to a concerted public awareness drive on the dangers of radon.

NEW fan and sump installationEight homes in Sligo have been identified as having radon gas levels above the acceptable level in the past five months, according to figures released today by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII).

One home in Tubercurry had more than seven times the acceptable level of radon with the occupants receiving a radiation dose equivalent to approximately five chest X-rays per day.

Radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to up to 200 lung cancer deaths each year.

Almost one in four homes measured in Sligo by the RPII has high levels of the radioactive gas.

 

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