The Goal of Radon Removal from Old and Newer Construction Homes
Whether you are building a new home, planning on moving, or already have a house to call your own, one thing you don’t want in your living space is Radon. Radon is a colorless and tasteless radioactive gas. While it is not usually an issue outdoors, it can be a serious problem when radon levels are too high in a home or building.
Radon can get into a home or dwelling in many ways, including cracks in the foundation, through fireplaces, and furnaces as well as open areas between piping, floors and even walls. When there is a big enough Radon gas concentration within a dwelling, it can cause lasting damage to people who breathe it in such as lung cancer, chest pain, and respiratory infections.
The good news is that regardless of where you live, build, or move to, there are ways to combat the problem with a radon safety installation to reduce radon at home.
Radon Removal for Older Homes
The first thing to do when it comes to existing structures is to have a test done to see if the levels are too high, and you need to reduce the radon gas. If you are in a home that has been tested and shown to have elevated levels of the radioactive gas, you can have a radon mitigation system like an underground ventilation system installed as a way of radon removal. This is usually done by drilling a hole in the foundation to put in a system that actively expels the gas from the soil underneath the structure through a pipe and away from the home. At the same time, the leaks and cracks in the foundation are patched up to make sure radon isn’t continuing to find its way into the home. When you are buying a home, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you should have it tested for radon if it hasn’t been done already.
In New Construction
If you are in the process of building a home, you can have a radon mitigation system installed that will help to eliminate the problem before it even has a chance to start. This is often referred to as radon-resistant construction. Another benefit of having a system installed during the build is that it is much more cost-effective and can be installed in a place that doesn’t affect the eye appeal at all.
Even after the radon-resistant construction is done, it is important to have your home tested to make sure that radon numbers are at an acceptable level. That way you know if more things need to be done to make sure that your new home is safe for you and your family to live in before you move in.
Regardless of where you live, all of these precautions and procedures are there to help you reach the goal of having a safe home for your family to stay without worrying about the long-term effects of radon.