Get the Facts About Radon Mitigation
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer for the general population.
The Surgeon General and EPA recommend testing for radon and reducing radon in homes with high levels. Fix your home by reducing radon levels (radon mitigation) if your radon level is 4 pCi/L or higher. Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk and, in many cases, may be reduced. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is exceptionally high.
This article will teach you more about what radon is, where it comes from, and what you can do to reduce the radon levels in your home.
Where does radon come from?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Air pressure inside your home is usually lower than the pressure in the soil around your home’s foundation. Because of this pressure difference, your house acts like a vacuum, drawing radon through foundation cracks and other openings.
Radon also may be present in well water and can be released into the air in your home when water is used for showering, and other household uses. In most cases, radon entering the home through water is a small risk compared with radon entering your home from the soil. In a small number of homes, the building materials — such as granite and certain concrete products — can give off radon, although building materials rarely cause radon problems by themselves.
In the United States, radon gas in soils is the principal source of elevated radon levels in homes. Radon mitigation will reduce these levels .
How do I know if I have high levels of radon in my home?
Testing for radon is one way to be certain.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends testing for radon at least every two years. You may elect to conduct radon measurement testing more frequently for peace of mind. Certified Radon offers both long-term and short-term testing solutions conducted by a skilled Certified Radon Technician to ensure accuracy.
How does a radon mitigation system work?
The most cost-effective and successful method of remediation – or radon removal – is the active depressurization system (ADS).
The ADS system, or radon mitigation system, draws air from under the slab or from under a radon polyethylene barrier (if there is no slab) and exhausts it to EPA’s standards through PVC pipe and a specially designed in-line fan.
A radon vent fan connected to the suction pipes draws the radon gas from below the home and releases it into the outdoor air while simultaneously creating a negative pressure or vacuum beneath the slab.
The exhaust of these systems can be installed on an outside wall or internally and exhausted through the roof.
How often should i test my home for radon?
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends testing for radon at least every two years. You may elect to conduct radon measurement testing more frequently for peace of mind.
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