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Radon gas is an odourless, invisible gas emitted by uranium that decomposes underground. Environmentally friendly, radon can enter your home through the earth and accumulate – at high concentrations, this radiation can be hazardous.
Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause in smokers. Protect your home and family from this invisible threat by testing radon and, if necessary, reducing exposure to radon.
Radon testing is a simple and straightforward process. A coal container is used to collect radon gas from your home, usually within about 48 hours. During the trial period, it is essential to keep all doors and windows closed to get the most accurate readings. At the end of the trial period, the container is sent to the laboratory to measure the accumulated concentration of radon. Just. DIY kits are available, although you might want a professional to complete the test for optimal accuracy. Since the results of your tests will become the basis for future actions (none of them, because the levels seem safe, or costly radon reduction), it is essential to have the best possible values. Thus, you can make an informed decision about what the next steps should be.
If your test reports unsafe radon levels, you should solve the problem as soon as possible. You will need to contact your local specialist – he will be able to design and install the correct radon recovery system for your home. Depending on the design of your home, there are several different options. The most common is depressurization under the slabs (for houses with basements) and depressurization under the membranes (for houses with sliders).
Pressure relief under the slab involves drilling a small hole in the floor of the foundation slab and digging a small cavity under it. Then a pump is connected to the shaft, and radon (and any other organic pollutants) is sucked out of the soil before it can enter your home. These gases go outside, where radon can propagate without harm. The depressurization in the submembrane is similar to depressurization in the subplate, but due to the lack of a plate above the floor of the trap space, a membrane is installed to trap radon. Gas is extracted in a similar way and exits.
Since mitigating radon is not a universal process, it is not a job for artisans; Professionals have the knowledge, experience and skills to ensure the safety of your family – from targeting the entry point to creating a complete print.
New radon-resistant design
If you live in an area with a known radon problem and are building a new home, you can consider creating a radon-resistant structure. These preventative measures prevent radon from entering your home, which stops the issue before it starts! The methods are the same as for mitigation, but since your home is not being modernized, the system can be more efficient and invisible. For example, ventilation pipes are installed inside, as the building was built, hiding this potential monster, while radon gas is thoroughly ventilated.
Just as your home is unsafe without working smoke detectors, if you have not yet passed the radon test, you risk it! Let professional radon contractors bring you peace of mind with comprehensive radon testing and mitigation.