If you have discovered or are worried about a radon problem in your home, you may be looking at radon reduction. There are several radon reduction techniques available to you. But first lets review why radon reduction is important.
What Is Radon Gas?
As uranium in soil breaks down it produces a radioactive gas known as radon. When outide, it disperses into the air and is not as much of a concern. However, it is able to enter your home through cracks and pores in the foundation. Once in, it can lead to lung cancer. In fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer just behind smoking.
There is no smell, color or taste to radon gas. This means there is no way to detect it in your home without specialized testing. Radon testing can be fast and affordable. You can fill out the form on this page to request a free test if you haven't already done so. You can have certified results within a week or so. If you have tested and found high radon levels, it is time to research radon reduction techniques.
Radon Reduction Techniques
There are two main types of radon reduction techniques. The first is passive radon reduction, which is two parts. First is sealing any cracks or openings in the foundation of your home. It can be a good place to start but the Enivronmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not recommend relying on this alone. The second is actually installing a passive radon reduction system. However, this can only be installed during the construction phase of building a home. It involves putting a layer between the soil and your foundation. This can be a good place to start, however, it may not block all the radon from entering your home. Because of this, they also install a series of pipes through the home. If it turns out that the barrier is not enough, it can quickly be connected to a fan to become an active radon system.
An active radon reduction system is what is recommended by the EPA. These stop radon from entering your home. The most common type is a soil suction, sometimes called sub-slab depressurization. It uses a fan to draw radon from below the house and vent it through pipes to the air above the house. This can be done in any home and has other benefits like removing humidity and other gasses from the air.
Whether you have tested or need a quote on a radon reduction system, our radon experts are available to help you. Call us at 801-871-0712 or fill out the form on this page.