Each year an estimated 20,000 plus deaths are attributed to radon gas exposure. Studies conducted by the Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) have linked exposure to radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas, to a greater risk of developing lung cancer. Unfortunately most radon exposure occurs in the "comfort" of our own homes, where we spend most of our time with family and pets. Since we can't see, smell or taste it, the average homeowner wouldn't know a problem even existed.
Fortunately there are ways to prevent and protect your family from the negative effects of radon. At Rite-Way Waterproofing we've taken our home protection focus one step further and now offer professional radon mitigation services. As a radon mitigation contractor we can perform radon testing as well as design and install a professional radon mitigation system. These systems, designed specifically for each home, effectively reduce radon levels to a healthier amount by redirecting radon from inside the structure to the outside.
Don't let someone in your family become a statistic of a radon attributed health issue, contact Rite-Way Waterproofing to schedule your home's radon testing today.
Radon forms naturally from the breakdown of uranium found in soil, rock and water; as a gas it passes into the air that we in turn breathe. In outdoor scenarios radon is unconfined, therefore dangerous levels are less likely to occur. But in your home the situation is much different.
In your home the scenario plays out something like this: radon forms and typically moves up through the ground to the air above. Once in the air it enters your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Any home, new or old, and in good or bad condition can be susceptible to radon related issues.
Since radon gas primarily comes from soil, it is most often documented that homes with dirt crawl spaces possess the greatest risk for potential radon exposure. However, even homes with the tightest of foundations have proven to hold elevated radon levels.
Elevated radon levels can be the result of a number of causes and can enter your home via the following avenues:
Since it's an invisible, odorless and tasteless gas, radon requires special detection devices. Fortunately, as additional radon information comes forth further advancements have been made in radon detection. Today "passive" radon detectors are commonly available to homeowners throughout the U.S. and can be purchased at your local hardware store or home center. These "passive" detectors are simply placed in your home for a period of time and then sent to a lab to determine the radon level.
For continuous radon detection you can have "active" detectors permanently installed in your home. Contact Rite-Way Waterproofing for additional information regarding Radon Detection.
Most often the radon levels found outside are safe. The EPA recommends radon mitigating for any home or business that returns a radon level of 4.0 picocuries per liter or higher.
If your home or business returns an unsafe radon level we will recommend the installation of a radon mitigation system, also known as radon reduction or radon abatement system. The system will help maintain safe radon levels by redirecting the naturally occurring gas from inside your home to outside your home. At Rite-Way Waterproofing we have staff specifically trained to design and install radon mitigation systems.
The first step in developing an effective radon mitigation system is to schedule an appointment; this allows our team to analyze your home and begin design plans. Once developed the complete functioning and installation process of your mitigation system will be thoroughly explained.
There are various mitigation systems and techniques available to homeowners, including:
When you work with Rite-Way Waterproofing we will present you with radon mitigation systems that are appropriate and cost-effective for your home. Please contact us immediately if you feel a radon mitigation system may be required for your home.