Radon Remediation in the Home

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that's present in some soil and water, but exposure to radon can also increase the risk of lung cancer. Having the radon levels in your home tested is essential. If the radon levels are too high, it's necessary to take steps to remove the radon from your house. This will reduce your risk of lung cancer, and it's a fairly easy process to have someone come to your house and install a radon removal system.

Radon 101

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that forms when uranium in soil, rock and water breaks down, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Radon can be sucked into your house because the air pressure inside your home is lower than the pressure of the soil surrounding your house. The radon is essentially vacuumed into your house through any cracks and openings in your foundation. If you have well water, radon can also be released into your house when you run water or take a shower, though this usually allows far less radon in compared to how much of the gas can get in from the soil.

Testing For Radon

Inexpensive radon kits are sold at home improvement stores and are easy for the average homeowner to use. Follow the directions on the package exactly to get an accurate reading. This usually involves leaving your windows and doors closed as much and as tightly as possible for several days. Once the proper time has elapsed, you'll have a number that tells you how much radon is in your home. Generally, experts recommend radon mitigation if your levels are 4 pCi/L or higher.

Radon Remediation

It takes a licensed and trained technician to properly install a radon removal system in your home. Call your state radon office to get recommendations or to check if a potential candidate (such as A. G. Wassenaar, Inc.) is indeed licensed and trained. Invite two or three contractors to your home to get estimates. Most radon systems involve the installation of a suction system and removes the gas from the house and vents it up and outside through a pipe that is installed with an opening above the roof level. Other methods might include laying a large plastic sheet on the earth in crawlspaces and then attaching a fan and vent pipe to suction the gas outside the home. Sealing cracks in your basement and regularly opening doors and windows for ventilation are additional ways to help remove radon from your home.