NCHA is working with Public Health England to identify and reduce potentially high levels of radon in our properties and as such a testing program is to be conducted within the next few months.
Radon is a colourless, odourless radioactive decay of the small amounts of uranium that occur naturally in all rocks and soils. Radioactive elements decay and emit radiation. Any exposure to radiation is thought to be a risk to health.
Should your property fall in one of the affected areas you will receive a testing kit by mail. This kit will comprise an information leaflet, two monitors and pre paid return envelope. The information leaflet will explain where the monitors will need to be placed, but this is usually in the main living area and in an occupied bedroom. The monitors will need to be left in place for a period of three months.
Once the monitors have been returned and analysed, the results will be sent to NCHA. Should radon above the action level be detected within your property you will be contacted by our Maintenance Department to discuss how we can work together to reduce the levels. Easy ways of reducing the levels of radon can include simply ventilating the property or even sealing floor to skirting board joints, which is a job that our Maintenance department would carry out for you.
If you would like to find out more information about radon then this website
from Public Health England is a good place to start.
If you have any further questions please contact Maintenance on 0800 317 861 / 0115 844 2931.