Radon is a radioactive gas. It is produced due to the decay of uranium in nature. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US after smoking. The gas can seep through cracks, gaps, and cavities in the foundation & walls of the building, getting trapped inside. Radon exposure is not easy to detect, as it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. There are simple home test kits, which can help in detecting radon inside a building. If the radon levels at your home are between 2pCi/L and 4pCi/L, it is important to take action. There are professional services that can offer both local radon treatment and testing. Here are some things to know about radon mitigation.
How to reduce radon in homes?
There are many options to reduce radon in homes. The most typical approach is to check the building for gaps, cracks, cavities and seal all sources through which radon can seep inside. In addition to this, an active mitigation system can be installed. These are called active sub-slab depressurization systems, which can be installed easily without any aesthetic damage to the building. A pipe is installed in the basement floor or slab, which helps vent radon gas outside of the building with the help of an exhaust fan. Active Sub-Slab Depressurization Systems, or simply ASSDs, can be considered for most homes. There are also passive sub-slab depressurization systems, which rely on the natural flow of air and do not use an exhaust fan.
How much does radon mitigation cost?
Local services can offer free radon mitigation estimates, and you can call one for an evaluation. While home testing kits are easy to use and affordable, it is wise to call a professional company once every two years for a detailed evaluation. They can check for the radon levels and whether ASSD or any other radon mitigation process should be considered.
How to find a radon mitigation service?
First and foremost, make sure that the selected company is licensed. Also, check if the company installs radon mitigation systems in accordance with US EPA and state requirements. The service profile of the company and overall reviews can also help in making a choice. Keep in mind that you would want some guarantee on the workmanship and installations.
If the radon mitigation company has promised anything in discount or warranty, get everything on the contract.