You may be familiar with radon and how hazardous it may be in and around the St. Louis, St. Charles, Warren, and Franklin county areas. While you should be concerned about radon all year round, the winter may be the time to pay particular attention to this potential problem. And those elevated radon gas levels can increase the risk of developing lung cancer. Various factors, including human behavior and seasonal fluctuations, influence radon levels.

Since the majority of people don’t open their windows in the winter, radon can’t escape, and settles inside your homes. This is why winters are ideal to get radon testing services.

How Are Radon Levels Higher in Winter?

Mentioned below are some reasons why radon levels are higher in winter:

1. Closed Doors and Windows:

How frequently do people leave their windows and doors open in the winter? Rarely, given our efforts to stay warm in the cold months. However, this might make us more likely to be exposed to radon. Radon naturally enters your home through basements or foundations through rocks, dirt, and even water. Radon cannot escape from your home and escape to the outdoors because of all those locked doors and windows. Due to the fact that there are fewer pathways for the gas to leave your home, this can result in higher radon concentrations.

We advise radon testing services for your home during the winter season so that radon experts can test for the “worst-case-scenario.” Planning and implementing the best radon mitigation systems to address radon in your home requires an accurate assessment of radon gas levels.

2. Snow and Rain:

Radon gas flows upward through the soil into the atmosphere and unfortunately that often makes it flow right through your home. The problem becomes more severe during the winter since all of the added moisture can saturate and even freeze the soil. In the winter, radon levels go through a similar effect. Snow covers the earth like a blanket, keeping radon from seeping out and trapping the gas there. If this happens, radon cannot naturally flow into the atmosphere. This redirects the radon gas towards an easier path, the path right through your home and in higher concentrations than usual. 

3. Stack Effect:

The stack effect is another important factor that raises radon levels during the winter. As the air tries to escape outside, air pressure is higher outside the building than inside. Basements and lower levels have lower air pressure than the outside and the air is forced in. The bigger the difference between inside and outdoor temperatures, the greater the difference between those two air pressures. The times of the year when that difference is greatest are, unsurprisingly, winter and summer.

Winter radon levels are increased by a combination of all these variables, giving you more reasons to seek out radon testing services. A radon expert can make an accurate assessment of your home’s radon levels with certified equipment and 48 hour testing. After that, they will build the ideal mitigation system for you and your family to keep everyone safe..

If you have any questions, please call the EnviroTech Radon solutions team at (636) 395-2701 to help you with your radon testing or radon mitigation systems.

Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Andy Bartels February 2022

2 weeks agoNEW
EnviroTech did a great job. Decreased our radon level from 15.9 to 0.3. Didn't cost too much, and got the job done cleanly in a few hours.

Sherry Ruyle March 2022

Scott does amazing work, he is very well educated and is quick to respond. He has personally done work for me and I have referred him to others as well.

R N-StL January 2022

First step in improving future health risk for us and our families. Scott was helpful and answered all questions we had about testing to validate an initial charcoal canister test. Our next steps will be mitigation likely thru EnviroTech Radon.

BandL Orf February 2022

Scott was great and made everything really simple from start to finish. He was clear about options, pricing, etc. and did a great job. Highly recommend!

Ashley Cartlidge January 2022

Scott was incredible to work with. He provided a detailed quote before install, which was significantly less expensive than competitors. He was also able to hide the radon system in our garage and out our roof, so it is unnoticeable from the street. Our levels before install was 6, which now after install is under 1. He was extremely professional, courteous and we would absolutely recommend EnviroTech to anyone needing a radon system.

Jessica Purdy December 2021

Scott installed a radon mitigation system in my home recently. It was a great experience! He was quick, professional and did excellent work at a great price. We are so happy to have our radon problem solved. Highly recommend.

Katie Gilmore January 2022

Scott installed our pipe to mitigate the radon in our basement, and we are quite pleased with the service we received! It was done in a timely manner, was within our budget, and he was very kind and courteous.

James Sandfort January 2022

Scott was on time and did professional work. He answered all of my questions (and I had many). He was responsive to emails. The system was installed without any complications and the cleanup was great. Best of all the system has been working with radon levels below the level for concern. Highly recommend

L Ck March 2022

Excellent responsiveness, clean and quality work. Highly recommend for home sellers. Environtech exceeded my expectations with professionalism installing a proven system with warranty that exceeds other firms. Was impressed with how they used drop cloths to keep workspace clean and cleaned up after their job.
My thanks to Scott, Ben and crew for their capability to install and successfully test the system well before my closing date, at short notice and with no surprises on the reasonable price estimate!

Kim Blackmore February 2022

Scott @ Envirotech installed a radon mitigation system in the house I was selling in December of 2021.

His competitors should watch out because Scott is a triple threat:
*Flexible. This was an unforeseen need and Scott went out of his way to get it installed prior to our existing closing date, something no one else I contacted was able or willing to do.
*Affordable. While timing was more important than cost, Scott still came in below everyone else. Huge bonus!
*Reliable. His work seemed exemplary and was done on time. He also followed up to ensure the system was working properly.

Both myself and the home buyers were very pleased with the entire process. I would recommend Envirotech to anyone needing a radon expert!
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