Radon is an odorless, tasteless and colorless gas that is virtually undetectable to humans. It is released into the home by the decay of uranium, usually found in the building’s foundation. At high levels radon is extremely dangerous and carcinogenic. After cigarettes radon is the most common cause of lung cancer in both Europe and the U.S.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 1 in 15 homes in the United States contain unsafe levels of radon.
Fortunately, radon testing and mitigation is now as easy as ever.
Once the risk to your home has been reduced, will help install the necessary systems to insure that radon levels remain low.
•Why is Radon a concern?
According to the Surgeon General (January 13, 2005) “More than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer each year.” This makes radon the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. The EPA recommends homes be tested every 2 years for radon and corrective steps taken if the radon level is 4.0 pCi/L (pico Curies per Liter) or more. Because there is no known safe level of exposure to radon, EPA also recommends that Americans consider mitigating (correcting the level) their home for Radon levels between 2.0 pCi/L and 4.0 pCi/L
• How do I know if my home has radon?
There are two ways to test your home for radon. This first is to obtain a device through the mail or Hardware store, deploy it in your home following the instructions and mail it to a lab for analysis. The second method is to have your home professionally tested and in most cases receive an on-site report showing your homes hourly pCi/L measurements.
• What is Radon Mitigation?
The most common type of mitigation as Active Soil Depressurization. This system consists of PVC pipe that collects the radon gas from beneath the slab or a plastic liner (crawl spaces) and routes it to a special radon fan that vents it to the atmosphere before it enters the home.
• What is the difference between an exterior routed system and an interior routed system?
On an exterior system, the suction point is located in the basement with the pipe exiting the home at the rim joist, attaching to a radon fan and the pipe discharging per EPA regulations. An interior system also has the suction point in the basement, but the pipe then routes to the attic space. The radon fan is mounted in the attic and discharged through the roof looking like the homes other plumbing vents. Every home is different and getting the pipe to the attic space can be either through the homes existing chase for the carbon monoxide flue, up the garage wall or through closets. Most homes have the option for either interior or exterior systems and Advanced Radon Services always offers quotations for either system and a detailed description of locations of the pipe and fan.
•What are the costs?
Most homes with a typical basement will cost about $1,050.00 for an exterior system and about $1,150.00 for an interior system. Homes with crawl spaces or multiple foundations generally will be in the range of $1,150.00 to $1,500.00 depending on several factors.
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