Radon Gas is colorless, odorless and radioactive, and occurs naturally in all parts of the US. Radon is a “group A” carcinogen and the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon is estimated to be responsible for the death of about 21,000 people in the United States every year. Radon concentrations are reported in picocuries per liter (pCi/l), which is a measure of radioactivity in a volume of air. The only way to determine the concentration of radon in a home is to perform a test. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) currently has an action level of 4 pCi/l and homes that test at or above that level should be mitigated to reduce the radon concentration as low as practical.
Radon is a decay product of the radioactive element uranium 238. The amount of uranium in the soil is the main factor of high radon content. The higher the source of uranium beneath your home the more likely you will have elevated radon content. Another factor is that your home is at a negative pressure compared to the soil beneath it. This in turn draws radon into your home through cracks in the foundation, open crawl spaces, and sump pump systems.
The only way to know for certain that there is radon gas in your home is to have it tested for radon levels. While we do not perform radon testing, it is easy to order a do it yourself home radon test kit or contact a certified tester for a radon inspection.
Here is a rough schematic of a mitigation system:
After testing has determined you have elevated radon levels in your home, you should immediately call Hady Electric at 920-261-4947 for a radon mitigation system installation. The most common mitigation system that we install is an active sub-slab depressurization system. This typically includes a pvc pipe that runs from beneath your basement slab out through the roof or up the side of your home. A radon fan is installed in the system to draw air from beneath the slab. The point of the system is to get the soil at a negative pressure compared to your home which will reduce the flow of radon gas. To help achieve this pressure difference foundation cracks and open crawl spaces will have to be sealed.
Don't put you or your family at risk! If you or anyone in your household is experiencing:
GET YOUR HOME TESTED FOR RADON LEVELS! And if your home tests for high radon levels, call Hady Electric at 920-261-4947 right away for a radon mitigation system installation!
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