Radon has become a serious matter, which cause a lot of deaths a year for breathing in this gas bestows you with lung cancer. The people who smoke have 94% more chance of getting lung cancer by breathing in radon. So, if you smoke, you better watch your back. Because even if the radon level is less than 0.4cPi/L, 3 out of 1000 smokers can still get lung cancer. Which is alarming. First step towards keeping you from cancer is to quit smoking. Followed step is important for radon removal.
- Test your home for radon
Radon is almost everywhere. The levels may vary so does the health risk. Radon levels between 2-4cPi/L are still dangerous, and you need to get a radon removal system installed. You need to reduce them to lower than 1. If the radon levels are below 1 plus you don’t smoke, you’re safe. But still, you better watch out before it increases. So, get a system installed from keeping radon out of your home.
- Hire a contractor
After you’ve tested your home using toolkits, next step is to hire a radon mitigation contractor. Always choose your contractor wisely. Don’t go for the one who doesn’t provide you with the samples of his previous work and references. A contractor should know what is done. Professionally honest people guarantee their work and provide a warranty in case the system fails.
Choosing an appropriate method
There are a lot of different radon removal methods being used based on the intensity of radon level and the structure of your home. Some of them are as below.
There is a suction method for the houses with concrete basement foundation. Radon sometimes sneaks in to your house from cracks in the slab. So, the professionals put PVC vent pipes under the sub-slab. Number of pipes and the location of pipes depends upon the source of Radon in the soil. Afterwards, these pipes are joined together with the vent fans who suck the radon and eject it in the outdoor -environment. The cracks in the sub-slab are sealed to keep the gas from seeping in. For newly constructed houses or the houses that are being constructed, a natural pressure system is installed between the walls of the house. It is less effective and can’t lower the level of has that much.
For the homes with crawlspace, ventilation system is installed in the crawlspace to lower the radon level. It can be done by using vent fans or opening and installation of additional vents. It can dilute the radon underneath your home. It basically reduces the suction of your house on the soil underneath that is making radon for you.
Submembrane system is installing a thick plastic sheet on the floor and using fans to draw the gas from under the sheet and send it to outdoors. It is the most effective method for crawlspace homes.
Other systems are block wall, drain tile, sump hole, and pressurization.