How Radon Abatement Can Keep Your Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan Safe
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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