In the United States, one in every 15 homes has radon levels above the EPA action level. This can be incredibly dangerous as radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.
No level of radon gas is safe. If you’ve had radon testing performed in your home and your radon test results came back with 4.0 pCi/L or higher, it’s absolutely essential for you to seek radon mitigation.
Examine the following mitigation methods to ensure optimal radon mitigation effectiveness in your home.
- Sealing. In terms of radon mitigation effectiveness, sealing isn’t the best when used alone. However, when used alongside passive or active suction systems or other forms of mitigation, sealing can help reduce the flow of radon into your home. But why doesn’t sealing work by itself? Sealing alone isn’t the best for radon mitigation because new cracks can form in your home’s basement or slab foundation. These cracks allow radon to once again flow into your home.
- Home pressurization. This type of radon mitigation uses a fan to blow outdoor air toward the lowest level of the house. Radon typically rises from the lowest level of the house. By driving outside air into the spaces of the home where radon is most prevalent, the radon levels will hopefully lower.
- Heat recovery ventilator. This type of radon mitigation technique uses ventilation to reduce radon levels in the home. Also called an air-to-air heat exchanger, a heat recovery ventilator increases the ventilation in the basement area. However, this type of mitigation may be expensive as it can drive up a homeowner’s utility bill.
- Water treatment. Radon gas can sometimes also be present in household water systems. Although not as common as airborne radon gas, radon in water can still pose a threat to those who drink it and use it for showering. Radon gets into a household’s water system through wells and other underground water sources. To treat a home’s water supply for radon, a radon mitigation service would need to abate the radon at the water’s point of entry. This can be done by using a granular activated carbon filter.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. To test for radon in your home, contact a radon mitigation and abatement service today.