Radon is a heavy gas created by the breakdown of radium and is present in homes throughout the United States. Most of us have heard about radon gas and the danger it poses, but few people take appropriate steps to accurately evaluate or address the issue. This is largely because radon is not visible or tangible-it’s easy to ignore that there might be a problem. Nonetheless, radon is a serious danger, especially in parts of the country designated as “red zones” by the EPA.
The only way to truly know if radon is an issue in your home is to employ a professional to thoroughly test the property. If they do find elevated radon levels, these experts will be able to work with you to design a radon mitigation system specifically for your home, dissipating the gas and making your home safe in the long term.
When properly installed and maintained, a residential radon mitigation system can reduce toxicity levels by as much as 99 percent. But appropriate radon reduction methods vary from house to house depending on each home’s construction. This is why it’s so important to contact your state radon office to find a qualified Manchester radon mitigation contractor with the high-performance equipment and technical know-how to customize your abatement plan. Without the right materials and skills, your radon levels could actually increase along with other potential hazards and costs.
The good news is that high radon levels in your home are correctable. You’ll need to have what is known as a radon abatement, or mitigation, system installed. These systems trap and collect the radon gas before it enters your home, exhausting it to the exterior where it can safely dissipate.
Depending on the construction of your home, the radon mitigation system’s particular installation may vary, but the basic theory remains the same. For maximum protection, we recommend using a professional to design and install your radon abatement equipment. If properly installed, once your radon mitigation system is in place, your home should always be safe from this dangerous gas.
You can also use extractive radon remediation techniques, which are sometimes known as soil suction and which is a very common method of remediation in which you need to make use of cavities that are of the size of a bucket and which are called sumps. These cavities can be connected to a pipe network that leads out of the building. Furthermore, the sump helps in changing pressure differentials between the interior of the building and its exterior through lowering the pressure in the building’s exterior. With the help of a fan, the air below the building is sent into a pipe system and thus extracted out of the building.
However, even after the installation of a radon mitigation system in Manchester, it is still useful to monitor the ongoing levels of radon in your home. Since radon concentrations within a home are known to fluctuate with the seasons, it is useful to know what levels are at after installation. Or, were your mitigation system to fail in some way, an alarm announcing radon accumulation would be beneficial.
If you suspect radon in your home, use the tips from this article to address the problem. Don’t wait until it becomes a much bigger issue.