St. Louis Radon Mitigation Helps You Breathe Easier

Other than your Friday night pepperoni pizza, you try to eat right. You manage to get 8 hours of sleep a night, that is, when your kids let you. You try to limit your kids’ sugar intake and screen time. You know you should exercise more than you do but you are trying to do what you can to have a healthy mind and body, both for you and for your family. Even so, every day there may be an invisible carcinogen creeping into your home that you don’t even know is there.

Radon.

What is Radon?

When elements in rocks and soil break down, they can become radon, an odorless, colorless gas that seeps out of the rock and into the air, and if your home happens be sitting on top of it, it enters your home, usually through cracks or holes in your foundation or water pipes. Its Harmful Radon gas is radioactive and can cause cancer after prolonged exposure. Our skin is generally enough to protect most of our bodies from being affected but the cells in our lungs are more vulnerable and lack any protection from the radioactive gas. Radon attacks cells in our lungs, causing cancer. If you’re a smoker, you have a much greater chance of getting lung cancer from radon but even so, radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, killing 21,000 people a year.

Do I have Radon in my home?

The biggest problem with radon is that there’s no way of knowing you have it in your home unless you test for it. Most people don’t think about testing for radon until they’re buying or selling a home or someone gets sick. Or just maybe, they read about it in a blog from their local foundation repair company (like Adams Foundation Repair).

You can buy a simple radon test kit at a hardware store that you put in your basement or crawl space for some time (the longer, the more accurate the results) and send it to a lab for testing. You can also have a foundation repair company (like Adams Foundation Repair) do an inspection for cracks and use radon test kits to test for radon.

How do I remove Radon from my home?

How do I remove Radon from my home? If your radon test kit shows a positive result for radon and its levels are above 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter of air) then you should have it mitigated as soon as you can. Radon mitigation systems are different systems designed to remove the radon from your home. The first step would be to repair any cracks in your foundation and seal the cement floors and walls. In some cases, this is enough to bring your radon levels down to a safe range. If not, other radon mitigation systems can be installed that utilize pipes and fans to suck or blow the radon gas out of your home and outside where it won’t harm you. 

Radon can also be found in your water system, entering your home through your pipes. A radon mitigation system using a large holding tank connected to your water’s point of entry can safely remove the radon.  Testing for radon should be at the top of your list of things to do to be healthier. Hopefully, you have little or no radon in your home but if you have a dangerous amount of radon, you can have it taken care of so you can breathe easier. Literally.

Your first step should be to call a foundation repair company―like Adams Foundation Repair!

At Adams, we’re radon mitigation experts. We can test for radon and help you take the right steps to solve your radon problem. Call us today at (636) 485-8018. We’re here to help.

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