If you live in New York or any other part of the country, you may be wondering if radon mitigation is right for you. The presence of radon in the atmosphere is a serious health risk. Radon enters your home through the cracks in your foundation and seeps into the earth. Once there, it remains active and has the ability to cause a variety of health problems including lung cancer and a number of types of cancer.
Radon mitigation is done in one of three manners: passive, active or a combination of both. Passive radon mitigation is done by installing radon resistant surfaces throughout the house in your crawlspace, bathroom, attic, or any other area that contains naturally occurring radon. Passive systems, which just require you to install radon-resistant surfaces, tend to be the least costly option.
But a radon mitigation system in place is not enough to protect you from health risks. You need to test your soil and check for radon. Radon is known to be one of the leading causes of lung cancer and other cancers. It is also known to contribute to a number of other health problems such as fatigue, nausea, allergies, asthma and other diseases.
Testing to find radon gas levels in your home is simple. Simply take some measurement, such as a bone cancer count, an air quality test, or a health exam. Once you have the test results and information, you should get in touch with a radon mitigation specialist. This person will help you determine how to protect yourself from radon gases in your home and how to reduce the health risks of living in an environment full of radon.
A radon mitigation system will allow you to reduce your risk of inhaling radon gas and minimize your health risks. If you live in an older house, there may be greater radon risks than if you lived in a newer house. Radon can become extremely dangerous when it becomes concentrated in a small enclosed space, such as a basement. In older homes, radon gas can accumulate over time and can create a dangerous level of indoor air pollution, which is known to contribute to a number of health problems, such as lung cancer.
Radon gas will also enter your blood stream if you are exposed to it through your lungs. You will also absorb radon into your muscles, bones, and other tissues, resulting in adverse health effects, such as weak bones and even fatigue. Children who have been continuously exposed to radon can also suffer from a variety of respiratory problems. All of these health problems can become severe over time if they are not addressed. Radon testing should be conducted by any homeowner who lives in an older house.
There are two types of radon mitigation systems. The first involves excavating around the home and installing vents, or radon mitigation vent, at the location of the opening. The second type involves building a type of wall, which is the inside wall of the “vents”, and placing grout between the two walls. Both systems are effective, but one poses more of a long term problem than the other. An excavated area must be left untouched until the radon has settled out, or it will cause problems for the soil surrounding the home. If you choose to install the radon mitigation vent, then the excavation of the home must be left unchanged.
If you choose to do the radon mitigation on your own, then you need to wear protective gear including gloves, goggles, and a respirator. Radon can cause lung damage and other health problems. It is odorless and colorless, so it cannot be detected by the naked eye. You should also use proper sealant and work with an experienced radon mitigation specialist. The radon gas is stored in the soil, so sealing the area is essential to stopping radon from entering your home.