Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer, but many people don’t realize that it can also cause adverse health effects in your home. Radon gas is an invisible, odorless, colorless and caustic element that occurs naturally in the earth’s soil. It enters the earth’s atmosphere and travels through the air until it settles in the spaces between rocks and other soil materials. There it becomes concentrated and forms a gel like substance which is radiated into the living spaces of your home.
Radon mitigation is basically any method employed to reduce radon concentration levels in the living spaces of occupied buildings, or radon in water supplies. Radon is an important contributor to indoor air pollution. Many homes build up high levels of radon because there is poor quality soil that contains the chemical. Any home that has an interior wall made of cement should have its PEX cracked; this will reduce the amount of radon that seeps into the living spaces when homeowners are not maintaining the home.
Radon mitigation systems rely on professionals to test and measure radon levels in your home. They then offer mitigation services based on those test results. It’s a good idea to have your home tested by more than one professional company so you can compare results. When you talk to contractors about how radon mitigation systems might help you, it’s important to remember to ask about the testing they did on your home.
A Radon measurement device is able to measure Radon levels in the atmosphere. These devices are available for purchase and can be rented for short or long-term use. A Radon detector will determine how much Radon a residence is exposed to. The level of Radon present in a home depends on where the Radon is located, and also on how much of that Radon travels upward through the soil and into the air. A Radon test results indicate the levels of Radon present in the foundation and the environment.
Once you learn about the Radon levels in your home, you can figure out what steps you might need to take to address those issues. There are common home repairs that might be required to address Radon issues. In many cases, these repairs can be done without involving professional mitigation services. For instance, basement waterproofing is a job that most homeowners could perform themselves.
Homeowners may need to replace their existing sump pumps with newer models. Suction tubes can be replaced with new types that are designed to lower Radon levels in your home. The best way to install a new sump pump is through a sump pit or a suction pit. These devices sit directly in the sump pit and actively remove water from the area. However, installing new suction tubes that go to the lowest level in your basement is not always possible.
Sometimes, it is necessary to repair exterior cracks, holes, and openings in your basement walls. Home mitigation systems help to seal these areas from the outside. Home mitigation systems will include radon sealing elements in their design and installation. If you notice an opening in the basement wall, but not a crack or hole, you may be able to seal the area yourself with the use of a radon screen. Radon gas has been known to move from its original source in the ground to your house through gaps in your walls.
Radon abatement contractors will often suggest the use of special sealants for cracks and other openings. They are available at your local hardware store and usually work for a reasonable price. The benefit of Radon reduction techniques is the protection of your family from lung cancer caused by Radon. The lower level of Radon present in your home provides your family with a healthier environment to live in. If you have already sealed your cracks and openings, you may want to check with your local radon mitigation contractor to see if he can also offer you a natural ventilation system.