Residential and Commerical Radon Services
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that can’t be seen, smelled or tasted. Its presence in residential structures can pose a danger to human health. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and is found all over the U.S.
Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in the human lungs. As these particles break down, small bursts of energy are released and damage to lung tissue can result. Lung cancer can develop over the course of your lifetime. It should be noted that not everyone exposed to elevated levels of radon will develop lung cancer.
Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims more than 20,000 lives annually.
Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into a home or building through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels. While radon problems may be more common in some areas, any home or building may have a problem. The only way to know is to test.
The amount of radon in the air is measured in “picoCuries per liter of air,” or “pCi/L.” The average indoor radon level is estimated to be about 1.3 pCi/L, and about 0.4 pCi/L of radon is normally found in the outside air. The U.S. Congress has set a long-term goal that indoor radon levels be no more than outdoor levels. While this goal is not yet technologically achievable in all cases, most homes today can be reduced to 2 pCi/L or below.
It recommended to reduce the radon infiltration problem when the radon level is measured at 4 pCi/L or more. Even if your test result is below 4 pCi/L, testing again sometime in the future is usually recommended.
Radon reduction systems work and they are not too costly. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
There are several proven methods to reduce radon in your home, but the one primarily used is a vent pipe system and fan, which pulls radon from beneath the house and vents it to the outside. This system, known as a soil suction radon reduction system, does not require major changes to your home. Sealing foundation cracks and other openings makes this kind of system more effective and cost-efficient. Similar systems can also be installed in houses with crawl spaces. Radon contractors can use other methods that may also work in your home. The right system depends on the design of your home and other factors.