According to EPA, Lung cancer is causing 21,000 deaths per year. Now, you might be wondering that smoking is the only way that get you this disease. Well, no. Lung cancer caused by smoking contributes only 17% of these deaths. So? What’s the problem? There a very infamous gas born by the decay of radium in water, soil or air. This gas, called radon, is colorless and odorless so you never know you’re breathing in it. It might be present in your environment to a drastically high level. You sure need to test your home and if the result comes higher than 2.9cPi/L, you’ve got to beware. And its abatement is cannot be pulled off that easy. So, what you got to do? Here’s how you can get your environment radon free.
Getting a radon free environment
The startup step to radon remediation is important to know whether you need it or not. The only way to find that out other than getting yourself lung cancer is to test your home. Once you’ve tested your environment and the results are alarming, the next thing to do is looking for a contractor.
Choosing a contractor
Usually, as soon as people find out there under attack by radon, they start running up and down going out of their senses. Remember, you don’t get cancer in just a second. So don’t be panic; don’t go out in a rush and choose the first guy come across who gives you estimate before checking the structure of your house. Serious matters need to be settled down peacefully. Radon remediation comprises professional dealing. Look for a contractor who knows his work. Who guarantees reduction of radon and does diagnostic test before installing any system. Diagnostic test is basically a way to find out which type of system your home is suitable for.
Diagnosing your house
There are different methods of decreasing radon levels in your house. It’s good to know what type of method your home will support so you’d know before the contractor start doing anything stupid. Radon remediation is brought out in following most common methods
Suction is one of the most common method of sucking the radon that is sneaking into your house. It’s carried out in different ways. If your house has a sub slab foundation structure, troubleshooting team seals the cracks in the sub slab and putts some PVC pipes under the foundation. Then those pipes are connected to vent fans who exhaust the gas out. Now if your home is under construction and you want to do precautions, there is a suction method called passive suction in which gas is drawn out by natural pressure instead of vent fans. This is not as effective and cannot lower the level of radon up to a satisfactory extent if you’re under a heavy attack.
The houses that have crawlspace can get rid of radon by ventilating the crawlspace. Another method is to cover the crawlspace with thick PVC sheets. This method is effective and used commonly.