If you suspect that you may have radon in your home, then you might be worried. You’re smart to be concerned. After all, radon can be a serious threat to you and your family. This colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas tends to accumulate in low-lying areas such as basements. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer (second only to smoking) and according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year.
Radon is a serious problem that requires a solution. We’ll explain not only how to test for radon in your St. Louis area home but also what to do if you have it.
How to Test for Radon?
Due to its colorless, odorless and tasteless nature, you cannot detect radon on your own. This is worrisome. After all, the last thing that you want is for your family to be breathing it in unknowingly.
That’s why it’s important to test for radon One way you could do this would be to get a radon test kit. These tests are purchased at the store and then left out in your test area before being mailed to a test facility for results.
Unfortunately, these tests are not highly accurate. By the time the test gets to the facility, the radioactiveness will have decreased by being emitted back into the air.
Your best option is a home radon test performed professionally by a foundation repair company. At Adams, we use radon testing machines which are kept up to date by being calibrated annually.
The goal of the test is to determine whether your home has radon levels that are high enough to put you at risk for cancer. According to the EPA, if the levels of radon are above 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter of air), then you should take steps to mitigate the radon gas with a radon mitigation system.
What is a Radon Mitigation System?
The type of radon system that you need will depend upon where radon is found in your home. Since radon is released through the air as well as through water systems, there are mitigation systems to deal with each.
If there is radon in your water, an aeration system is most effective. A large water tank is placed along the water system, and as the water passes through the system it is aerated, removing nearly all of the radon that is pulled out of the house using fans and pipes.
For radon in the air of your home, there are several options. Most homes have either a basement, slab, or crawl space. One of the first steps in radon mitigation is to seal the floors and walls of the basement using a radon sealer. This will lessen the amount of radon coming in in the first place.
If a basic mitigation isn’t enough to solve your radon problem, you may need other methods. At Adams, we can perform any of these methods if the job requires it:
Sub Slab Mitigation System―pipes are inserted into the slab or basement floor and the system literally sucks the radon out of the soil beneath your home and blows it outside.
Drain Tile Suction―uses an existing sump pump by capping it and creating suction for mitigation while still allowing the sump pump to do its job.
Block Wall Suction―used in homes that have hollow block walls, this sucks radon through the walls and out of the house.
Sub-Membrane Suction―for houses with crawl spaces, this system uses plastic sheeting to seal the walls and floor of the crawl space and suction fans to suck out the radon gas.
Take Action to Protect Your Family, Today
You’ve already taken the first step in protecting your family by researching how to test for radon. You understand that it’s not something you should take lightly and that’s why you’re looking for more information.
Now it’s time to take the next step.
If you’re stressing that you may have radon—or you already know that you do—give us a call today so that we can put a plan in place to ensure your family is protected.