Radon is a gas which comes from rocks and soil. We cannot see, smell or taste it but when it is in enclosed places, like our homes, it can pose a danger. It is believed to be the second greatest cause of lung cancer, after smoking. A Radon Interactive Map on the Northern Ireland Interactive Radon Map will allow you to see at a glance the areas of Northern Ireland affected. However, the map only shows the estimated likelihood that a property will contain radon gas.
If your home is in an affected area it is recommended that you arrange for a radon test to be carried out to check and confirm the exact amounts of radon in your home. The levels of radon fluctuate constantly so it is advised that the test is carried out over a minimum period of three months to gather a more accurate result. However, there are other tests over a ten-day period that can also give an indication of whether the property is actually affected. In a new build property, a radon barrier can be laid with the foundation to avoid permeation by radon into the home. If there is no barrier then there are still remedial works that can be carried out to the home, such as installing a fan or a radon sump. A specialist can advise on the measures and costs.
If you are concerned about radon gas and the risk of it in your home you should contact the Health Protection Agency and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency for advice. If you want to discuss the impact of radon gas on the sale or purchase of a home, feel free to contact us and we will be glad to assist.