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High radon levels? Should I Move?

Posted by Travis Jewell on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 @ 10:26 AM

Fix radon problem

It's a peaceful day in suburbia the sky is blue and the birds are chirping while the kids are playing in the yard. Enjoying the view you think how grateful you are of your beautiful new home. You notice the postman delivering the mail to your neighbors and make your way to the street to greet him. The postman hands you an envelope from the radon testing company, the results are in and the radon levels are surprisingly high! You look back at your new home and suddenly fear takes over, “how can this be?” “What do I do now?” “Do I have to move?”

You don’t have to move and even if you did, high radon levels can be found in any home. You can easily correct the problem through the installation of a radon mitigation system. Within 24 hours of a system installation, radon levels can be reduced by up to 99%. These soil gas ventilation systems can be hidden within the house and won't break the bank.

What’s the problem with radon?

Radon gas is the number 1 cause for lung cancer in non-smokers. It kills more than 20,000 people annually. Radon gas causes 7 times more lung cancer cases than second hand smoke. Radon is especially dangerous for smokers based upon a combined effect.

Where does radon gas come from?

Radon occurs naturally in the soil. It is a decay product of radioactive uranium. Uranium becomes radium and radium becomes radioactive radon gas.

How does radon enter the home?

Radon is drawn into the home through radon entry points in the concrete slab, foundation or crawlspaces. The home has a natural negative pressure that pulls radon gas in from the soil.

What levels of radon gas should I worry about?

No level of radon gas is considered “safe.” The United States EPA has established the radon level of 4 pico-curies per liter as the level to take action to reduce. The World Health Organization has set a reference level to reduce radon levels greater than 2.7 pCi/L.

How do radon mitigation systems work?

Radon mitigation systems work by creating a vacuum in the soil below the foundation of the house. Radon vent systems run 24/7 to continuously pull radon gas out of the soil and vent it at a safe level above the home.

How much do radon mitigation systems cost?

The cost of the radon mitigation system can vary depending on the size of the home and the construction style. Single family homes with full basements or slab on grade foundations can cost $900 to $1800. Homes that have exposed dirt or gravel crawlspaces are more expensive because the crawlspace must be sealed with an airtight membrane.

Radon gas does not have to ruin the way you look at your home because radon problems can be permanently corrected at a relatively low price point. Once you correct the radon gas problem with a properly installed radon mitigation system, enjoy the fact that your home now is a safer place to breathe.

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