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  • Pau Iglesias Rodríguez, Arquitecte

Gas Radon

Radon gas is a radioactive gas that forms naturally from the disintegration of uranium in the soil. It's odorless, invisible, and tasteless, which means you can't detect it without using specialized equipment. This gas can seep through the ground and accumulate inside buildings, especially on ground floors and basements.

Prolonged exposure to radon gas can be harmful to human health. Inhaling radon increases the risk of developing lung cancer, especially in smokers, as the radioactive components of radon gas can damage lung cells.

To protect yourself from exposure to radon gas in residential buildings, the following measures can be taken:

1. Carry out a radon test: It is advisable to carry out a radon detection test in the building to determine the concentration levels of the gas. This can be carried out by specialized professionals or you can purchase radon detection kits to do it yourself.

2. Ventilate properly: Opening windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate can help reduce radon levels inside the building. Make sure the building has sufficient natural ventilation or consider installing a controlled mechanical ventilation system.

3. Waterproof the floor: An effective way to prevent the infiltration of radon gas is to seal the fissures and openings in the floor of the building. This can prevent radon gas from moving into the interior of the building.

4. Consider radon extraction systems: In cases where radon levels are significantly high, it may be necessary to install a radon extraction system. These systems use fans to evacuate radon gas from the building and thus reduce concentration levels.

5. Consult with professionals: In complex situations or in new buildings, it is advisable to consult with professionals such as architects or engineers specializing in health and safety for specific advice on how to mitigate radon levels.

It is important to note that radon levels can vary by geographic location and soil characteristics. So the best approach to radon gas protection depends on the specific conditions of each building.

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