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The Facts About Radon Mitigation

Radon is a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas that forms in nature when uranium in the soil breaks down and it is known to be one of the leading causes of lung cancer. The prevention of radon in your home and the identification and removal of radon that is already present is essential to the health of your family. Fortunately, it is easy to prevent, detect, and mitigate radon in the home.

 

The best way to protect your family from radon is prevention. Radon can be found anywhere in the house, but it often builds up in unhealthy levels in low lying enclosed spaces like basements. The most common way for radon to enter your home is through openings such as poorly sealed sump pumps or cracks in the foundation and through porous construction materials that aren’t properly sealed. To prevent radon from entering your home be sure that all vents, pumps and other intentional openings have proper seals to allow water or exhaust to escape without permitting outside radon contamination. All surfaces should have adequate waterproofing and foundation crack repair should be tended to immediately.

 

Even if you believe your home to be safe from radon contamination, it is recommended that you test your home every two years. Quality home tests can be purchased at your local home improvement store, or you can call a local radon testing and mitigation company to perform a professional inspection in your home. If radon is detected don’t worry, there are ways to remove radon and restore your homes air quality.

 

The best way to mitigate radon in your home depends on several factors such as the condition and layout of the building and the type of soil beneath it. When the air pressure in your home is lower than that in the soil radon seeps in through cracks and openings. The best way to ensure effective removal of radon is to consult a radon mitigation specialist. They will evaluate your situation and suggest the most appropriate action. Using correctly installed ventilation systems can ensure regulation of air pressure as well as constant circulation between inside and outside air to optimize air quality. Covering exposed earth in crawl spaces or basements and the timely repair of foundation cracks will prevent new radon build up. You should always consult a professional repair foundation cracks properly.

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