Whether you have bought or thought of buying a newly built home? Then you need to be aware of Radon!
What is radon?
Radon is a gas that can be found everywhere, though some parts of the country, in particular, are more likely to have higher exposure levels than other areas. Radon is a radioactive gas and forms naturally from the soil and rocks found everywhere in the UK. Radon usually does not present a health risk outdoors because it is diluted in the open air. Radon can, however, build up to dangerous levels inside a house.
What are the health problems with Radon?
Radon levels are very low in the outside air but can be higher indoors this build-up of Radon gas can increase the risk of Lung Cancer [https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/air-pollution-radon-gas-and-cancer/can-radon-gas-cause-cancer]
In the UK exposure to indoor radon gas is linked to 4% of lung cancer cases in the UK
How can Radon enter my new build?
Radon can enter your home through openings or cracks in the foundation. Air pressure is also a contributing factor to Radon entering your home. I the air pressure of a house is lower than the soil surrounding the property (seen typically in new builds), the house sucks the radon gas inside
How do I know if radon gas is present?
On the map, it shows the levels of radon gas in different parts of the UK. The darker the red the more Radon is present. However, for a Radon risk report go to [https://www.ukradon.org/services/]. If you find you are at high risk you may want to consider getting a radon control system. This is an easy way to protect you and your family.
What can I do right now?
Talk to Your Builder, you and your builder can design your new build home to be radon-resistant. Here is how your builder can help:
- Install a layer of clean gravel or aggregate beneath the slab or flooring system.
- Seal and caulk the foundation thoroughly.
- Lay polyethylene sheeting on top of the gravel layer.
- Include a gas-tight venting pipe from the gravel level through the building to the roof.
Your builder may be familiar with these techniques which would mean there is no need to hire a specialist. Many builders already incorporate some of these steps in the construction of their houses to control moisture or increase energy efficiency. [https://www.epa.gov/radon/radon-resistant-construction-basics-and-techniques]
The only real way to know if your new build home has a radon problem is to test.
Public Health England has put together [https://www.ukradon.org/] For people who need more information about Radon. They also have a Home measurement pack for the public to use themselves which you can find here: https://www.ukradon.org/services/orderdomestic
I have problems with my New Build. What do I do?
STEP 1: Register for the group action below or call 0333 344 5324 and one of the team will get back to you
STEP 2: Join our Facebook group New Build Homes -Failed promises and Start a post about the issues you’re having and the housing developer (include pictures if you can) or send it to us via emailing Newbuild@stratuslegalsolutions.co.uk
STEP 3: Create a snagging list: If you’re planning to move in or have moved into a New build property be sure to make a snagging list before you move your belongings into the property. Ensure to check measurements of stairs kitchens and gardens.
STEP 4: Be sure to contact NHBC or your warranty provider and follow their complaints procedure.