For homes or buildings that may have a significant radon presence, this is no small concern. Radon is a harmful element that can have significant health effects on those who are exposed to it — luckily, though, if you’re in this position, there are several solutions available to you.
At Absolute Radon Safety, we offer comprehensive radon mitigation services to help any homeowner remove the harmful levels of radon in their home and keep all occupants safe. Our radon mitigation systems are completely maintenance-free, meaning you won’t even have to think about it once it’s installed in your home — it will simply do the job for you. What are the steps to follow if you’re concerned about the levels of radon in your home, and how can you ensure these high levels are remedied quickly and effectively? Here’s a rundown.
Step 1: Learn Why Radon is Concerning
You can’t identify an issue if you don’t know why it’s a problem, so the first step here is to educate yourself on radon and why you should be concerned about it. The EPA estimates that over 21,000 people die each and every year due to radon, with another 15,000 people being diagnosed with lung cancer. That’s a huge hazard, and it’s one that can be easily managed.
In addition, you might read up on information that may shock you in terms of how common high radon levels are. Depending on your area, it may be something you find in up to 50 percent of the homes. Knowing the risks and reading about how prevalent this problem is, it becomes much more important to address — especially when there are such simple mitigation options like supplying your home with a radon reduction system.
Step 2: Test Your Home For Levels
The next step is to test your home for radon levels, especially if you are in an area where high quantities have been known to exist. This should be done by a professional, though, so it’s best to hire one of our experts to come test your space.
There are various tests that can be run — some are long-term while others will give you quick results right away. The difference between them is that one will give you an initial reading so that you can determine whether your home needs further testing, while the other will provide more in-depth results over a period of time.
In addition, as our team of pros will tell you, the construction of your home will play a significant role in terms of how much radon is coming in. If your home has several cracks, is poorly built, or the ventilation system is insufficient, then you are more likely to have a problem with high levels of this element.
Step 3: Receive and Interpret Your Radon Test Results
For the long-term tests that are sent out to your home, you will need to send them back in so that the second stage of the process can be carried out — this is where our team of experts will use radiation detectors to measure the levels and determine how extensive the problem is. If high levels are found, then it’s time for mitigation (and this is something we’ll get into in just a bit).
What defines “high levels” of radon? Well, radon is measured in picocurries (abbreviated pCi/L) — you may not know exactly what that means, but that’s okay. Generally speaking, if your levels are above 2.7 pCi/L, you have an issue here. At 4 pCi/L it becomes a serious problem, and anything above that requires immediate action due to immediate threats to the health of those in your home.
Step 4: Obtain a Radon Mitigation System Estimate
Now that you’ve confirmed the existence of high radon levels in your home, it’s time to figure out what you need to do to correct the situation. Radon mitigation systems are available, and we offer free estimates.
The very first thing we will want to know is where in your home the levels are highest, so we can determine where we will be installing our system — but don’t worry: This won’t take away from the clean and polished look of your home.
As for the types of systems, our team will walk you through the process and explain each to you in detail so that there are no questions or confusion — you’ll find that these aren’t the cheapest systems around, but they also don’t require much to maintain. Plus, when it comes to your health, investing in radon mitigation is one of the best possible routes you can go, so it’s well worth it.
Step 5: Schedule Radon Mitigation Installation
Despite how complex they can be, you might be surprised how quickly one of our radon mitigation systems can be installed — it’s not long before your family and friends will hardly notice anything has changed. Our team of pros knows exactly what they are doing, so there is little-to-no chance that you’ll have any issues with this process whatsoever. With just a bit of time on the front end to get everything set up, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
From here, while you won’t have to do any maintenance on your system, your installers will instruct you on where to keep an eye out in case your radon ever returns to unsafe levels — unlikely, but it’s always good to be prepared!
If you have a significant amount of radon in your home, it’s time for action — and the best possible solution is going to come from hiring our team of pros. From helping you choose which system works best for your home to providing professional installation, we’ve got everything under control. Contact us today at Absolute Radon Safety to learn more about any of our radon protection solutions.