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Radon Testing And Mitigation Efforts

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Some chemical elements that are naturally found in the soil produce radon. Radon is a radioactive gas. High radon exposure can cause cancer. Upon having a test performed (which will indicate if radon is present within a home), a mitigation specialist may recommend that a system that deters radon is installed.

Preliminary Testing

A test kit is used to determine if radon is a risk factor within a residence. The testing process analyzes air samples within a home. Radon exposure could lead to serious health issues, but these may not become apparent for many years. An individual who has been residing in an older home or who has recently purchased a home that was previously occupied may want to ensure that the air quality within their home will not place their health at risk.

A radon tester will use a noninvasive approach when conducting a preliminary test. They may also assess the structure of a home. There is no proof that solid walls or a foundation will prevent radon from seeping into a home. It is advisable, however, that structural repairs are made if any gaps are present. The use of a radon mitigation system and upgrades that are performed to a home can greatly support the air quality within a home.

A System

The purpose of a radon mitigation system is to deter radon-laden air from entering a home. A pipe is used to route air back outdoors. The piping can be installed within a crawl space or a basement. The pipe will draw radon-laden soil toward it. The radon gas will enter the piping and be expelled away from a residence. A contractor will design a mitigation system that will effectively work for the design of the home that they are treating.

If slab flooring is located within a basement, a contractor may recommend that a hole is cut in the floor. This hole will support the attachment of plastic piping materials that are part of a mitigation system. If the flooring within a home isn't suited for the support of the piping, a contractor may recommend the use of plastic sheeting.

Plastic sheeting and piping can be installed along the floor or wall of a crawl space. A fan will be connected to a mitigation system. The purpose of the fan is to push the radon-laden air away from a residence. A mitigation system utilizes a fan that is relatively quiet. This type of fan is designed to operate uninterrupted.

Contact a local service to learn more about residential radon mitigation system installations