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Radon, a subtle, insipid, and odorless radioactive gas, naturally emerges from the decay of uranium in the earth. When permitted to disperse freely, radon poses no immediate threat. However, its discreet infiltration into enclosed spaces, such as your home, introduces the potential for accumulation, resulting in a significant health risk. Recognizing the calculated nature of radon is imperative—this silent intruder systematically accumulates in indoor environments, developing into a notable concern for human health. It is essential to understand that radon’s calculated intrusion into indoor spaces, with its cumulative presence, becomes a compelling concern for human health. Regular monitoring and proactive mitigation measures are indispensable to guard against this concealed peril, ensuring a more healthful living environment for you and your loved ones.
There are many entry points radon gas can take to get inside your home. The most common entryways include:
- Cracks found in foundation walls and floor slabs
- Construction joints
- Support posts
- Floor drains
- Sumps or wall cavities
- Dirt floors
- Window casements
- Gaps around service pipes
- Radon can also make its way through solid concrete floors and walls over time
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Detecting the presence and concentration of radon gas in your home proves challenging due to its imperceptibility to human senses. Prolonged exposure to elevated radon levels can result in various health issues, with lung cancer posing a significant risk. It’s noteworthy that radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers, securing the second position overall in causes of this deadly disease. According to EPA statistics, approximately 21,000 lives are claimed by radon each year, with 2,900 of these being non-smokers.
In the pursuit of effective radon gas mitigation, entrusting this critical task to seasoned professionals is highly recommended. For comprehensive radon mitigation or testing in your home, we encourage you to promptly connect with EcoSpect. They stand as your trusted partner, dedicated to establishing a safer and healthier living environment.
Committed to the resolute elimination of radon gas from your residence, our nationally accredited team operates with unwavering professionalism. Following an intricate assessment of radon levels within your home, we execute meticulous procedures for reduction. Skillfully identifying entry points and implementing a comprehensive venting strategy throughout the area, we confidently mitigate radon levels. Entrusting us with this critical task not only ensures effective mitigation but also underscores our commitment to prioritizing your safety.
Beyond our proficiency in lead-based paint inspection and risk assessment, our dedication to fostering a salubrious and pristine environment extends beyond mere specialization. No project is deemed too extensive or too modest. Our radon gas testing and mitigation service are meticulously curated to ensure habitable living spaces. If you’re contemplating availing yourself of our services, we invite you to initiate contact by calling 800-491-2008.
Radon Gas FAQs
What is radon gas and how does it get into my home?
Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that forms naturally in the earth. As the earth shifts,
fissures and veins carrying radon gasses open and close. When those gasses release from the
earth into open air they dissipate. When the openings are under your home they run into your
slab/foundation. The gasses then enter through cracks, gaps and holes. Once inside, the gas can
become concentrated and dangerous.
What is an acceptable level of radon?
While there are no “safe” levels for sustained radon exposure, the EPA (Environmental
Protection Agency) recommends considering mitigation at levels of 2.0-3.9 pCi/l and considers
levels of 4.0 pCi/l or higher to be the level at which to mitigate.
How do I test my home?
An EPA certified Radon Testing Company will place an Activated Charcoal Canister in your
home for a minimum of 48 hours and submit the testing to a laboratory for results.
How often should I test my home?
EPA guidelines state a home should be tested every 2-5 years. More often if renovations that
involve the foundation have been done. This is because changes in the passageways in soil (high
water, construction, weather conditions etc.) as well as changes in the building condition (energy
improvements) can cause radon levels in the home to vary and change.
My neighbor has high level (low level) results. Should I have a test conducted?
Every home is different as are the fissures and veins that carry radon gasses under each home
different. What your neighbor’s test results are should be irrelevant to whether you test your
home or not. There are areas of New York that historically have high radon levels (Cortland
County and Yates County are two), but it is our opinion that every home should be tested to
confirm the radon gas levels.
My home is brand new (very old) why would I need a test done?
The terrific weatherization options now available for a home may actually be worse for dealing with radon gasses. Because the home is so efficiently sealed any gasses that enter are essentially trapped. Whereas older homes with loose caulking, ill-fitting doors and windows and poor insulation actually allow the radon gasses to dissipate.
What is the average installation cost?
There are several factors that can contribute to cost such as slab condition, composition of soil
under slab and whether you have a crawlspace or a full basement. Call us for a free, onsite
How does a radon system work?
A radon mitigation system works by depressurizing the area underneath a basement slab or vapor barrier. The system draws the radon polluted air out of the house and expels the gas above the roof line with the use of a radon approved fan.
How long does it take to install a radon mitigation system?
A typical installation takes a single day to complete, however, there are instances where a second day is needed.
How will the installation change the ‘face’ of my home?
We do our best to keep the aesthetics of the home intact. If it is possible, we run the PVC piping alongside a chimney, we try to keep the piping in the rear of the home or we can paint the PVC to match the home’s color.
Why do my pipes gurgle?
There are a couple of possibilities:
- When the water table surrounding your home is high it may collect under your foundation/slab.
The radon fan is powerful and can pull water into the pipes. A sump pump can help.
- The radon mitigation system can pull humidity from the basement and water can collect in the
pipes. A dehumidifier can help.
- The pitch of the pipes may be wrong and not allowing water to run off properly. Call us for an
What are the maintenance requirements after installation?
There is no maintenance with a radon mitigation system. There are just two ‘moving parts’ to a radon mitigation system – the fan (which has a 5-year warranty) and a manometer. The manometer is a u-shaped glass tube filled with a liquid (colored for easy reading) that measures pressure. The liquid levels of the manometer should not be level but offset. If they are level the system is not working and you should contact your installer. If the fan is not working you should contact your installer.