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What Is Radon Abatement?
Radon is a colorless, odorless, toxic and radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer and other respiratory problems. In addition, some studies even suggest that radon may be a contributing factor in SIDS, also known as “crib death.” Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can be found in different types of soil in and around Grand Rapids, and even in well water in some cases.
Radon abatement is simply the use of mechanical and natural means to eliminate radon from a home. Of course, before you can get rid of radon gas, you first have to know it is there in the first place. Radon detectors and test kits are available in both home and professional versions, you should test your home’s radon levels regularly to ensure that you are not caught unprepared.
Preparing For Radon Abatement
It is important to remember that there is no such thing as a “safe” level of radon gas. However, if the air in your home tests for radon at more than four picocuries — four trillionths of a curie, the standard unit of measure for radioactivity — per liter, then it is especially vital that you contact radon abatement specialists from SWAT Environmental immediately.
The radon abatement techniques that will be necessary depend primarily on what kind of home you own. A fixed foundation house with a basement is generally going to be more susceptible to radon than a mobile home, but either can be perfectly safe or dangerously toxic. In a fixed foundation house, the best and most efficient way to deal with excessively high concentrations of radon gas is often the installation of a sub-slab ventilation system. This will wick the radon out from under the house and up into the open air, carrying it safely away from you and your family.
If you have a home with several different kinds of foundation, such as one where you built an addition onto the existing home and left a crawlspace beneath it, a heavy plastic sheet and a specialized fan system attached to piping run underneath the sheet can help disperse the radon out from under your house. This process is known as sub-membrane reduction.
What Determines What Type of Radon Abatement is Best for My Home?
The foundation and sub-floor conditions in your home will dictate what is the most effective means of dealing with your radon problem. SWAT Environmental’s trained, licensed contractors are your best source of information on what radon abatement system would be most effective, in terms of both cost and safety, for your home.
Radon gas is dangerous and should not be dismissed lightly. In particular, if you have young children in your home, understanding the dangers that radon gas poses to your family’s health is the key to keeping them safe. Grand Rapids radon abatement specialists from SWAT Environmental are trained in the latest and best techniques to protect your family from this silent killer.
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Radon is a tasteless, odorless and invisible gas that often finds its way into residences and businesses. Many Grand Rapids residents have found high radon levels in their homes, and have had to take steps to reduce them. The problem can have several different causes, each with a slightly different means of prevention.
Excessively high radon levels can be very harmful to the health of those living in a home. In particular, if the radon is inhaled on a consistent basis, serious health issues are much more likely to develop. For instance, radon exposure has been shown to be one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the United States.
The Causes of High Radon Levels
Radon is created naturally in the environment; it is produced by the decay of aging uranium in soil and rocks, which is fairly common in Grand Rapids. When this decay occurs below or near a residence, it is only a matter of time before the radon begins to seep through the foundation and eventually into the living space. The most common means by which radon finds its way into a home are through cracks in the basement and gaps between boards and pipes. It also tends to collect in air pockets found in walls.
Testing for High Radon Levels
Testing for indoor radon levels that are above the 4.0 pCi/L limit established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency can be done two different ways. The first of these is with a do-it-yourself home testing kit. These are fairly easy to find and allow you to perform a test on your own time. The second option is to hire SWAT Environmental’s experts to come out to your home to do an evaluation. They will be able to secure a reading that is faster and more accurate than one you determine yourself.
Reducing High Radon Levels
SWAT Environmental’s mitigation professionals are trained to reduce radon levels when necessary in Grand Rapids. After evaluating the levels of the gas on your property, they will move forward with a plan to reduce them. There are two main ways that this can be accomplished. The first way is installing an air pressurization system in the home. This system creates varying air pressure levels throughout a structure to keep air from outside and underneath the home out. The second method is a ventilation system that is meant to push all air that could be contaminated with radon out while fresh air is constantly circulated back in.
These are just a few of the things that you should keep in mind if you live in the Grand Rapids area. You do not need to be fearful about the possibility of radon gas in your home, but you definitely should take all necessary precautions to prevent it from doing you any harm. The health risks involved with high radon levels are serious, and having SWAT Environmental’s mitigation experts take care of the problem is simply common sense.