You were worried about radon gas levels in your home, and you decided to have your home tested. Soon, you discovered the radon levels in your home are dangerously high. Now what? First, try to relax because you are not alone—every 15th home in the US tests positive for high levels of radon.
The average indoor radon level is above the EPA limit in Montgomery, Frederick, Howard, and Carroll county. Large areas of Prince George’s, Arundel, and Baltimore county are above the limit too. If you have high radon levels in your home, you should take several steps as a homeowner to protect yourself and your household from this dangerous, cancer-causing gas. That’s where Radon Resolvers, LLC comes in. Read on to learn how our radon mitigation specialists can assist you.
What is Radon?
In order to fight radon, you must learn what it is first. Radon is a radioactive gas that is naturally emitted from the ground when radioactive materials, such as uranium, decay and break down. Does this mean we are inhaling it all the time? This is mostly accurate, but outdoor levels of radon in the air are very low and typically harmless, so there is nothing to worry about. However, the problem actually occurs when radon gets trapped indoors. Over time, it may concentrate at dangerous levels. Radon gets inside your home through foundations, joints in the walls, basements floors, crawlspaces, and other openings in your home.
Exposure to high levels of radon may cause cancer over time. According to the EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US, causing over 21,000 deaths every year. Now, let’s learn what you should do once you have identified high radon gas levels in your home.
Confirm that There is Actually a Problem
If you have conducted a short-term test for radon in your home, do another short-term test, or hire a professional to conduct a long-term test that actually shows more accurate results. You can also purchase a radon monitor from amazon or other stores to find out your radon levels. Whatever you decide to do, you should know that radon mitigation experts recommend testing at least twice before starting to work on radon mitigation solutions for your home. Since levels of radon in your home fluctuate, the results can turn out to be inconsistent. This is the reason why you should monitor radon levels continuously in your home.
Hire a Reliable Radon Mitigation Specialist
Unfortunately, you cannot reduce high radon levels in your home with DIY solutions. Doing smaller things, such as sealing cracks in your foundation, improving the natural ventilation in your home, is helpful, but rarely if ever help significantly reduce radon levels. In order to effectively fight and reduce high levels of radon gas in your home, you must hire a qualified, certified and reliable radon mitigation contractor such as Radon Resolvers, LLC, to select and install a radon mitigation system in your home.
Different types of radon mitigation systems exist. Typically, radon mitigation systems consist of a vent pipe and a powerful Radon exhaust fan. The radon mitigation system works by collecting the gas from underneath the foundation and venting it to the outside of your home.
Retest Your Home for Radon
Once your new radon mitigation system is installed, it’s highly recommended to retest your home. Continuous testing is crucial for proper radon mitigation because testing is the only way to know for sure that your radon levels are in a safe range – below 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter of air). Radon Resolvers, LLC always provides a complimentary test kit to re-test your radon levels after mitigation.
Other Things You Can Do to Reduce Radon Levels in Your Home
To increase the effectiveness of your radon mitigation system, there are a few other things you could do to slightly reduce high radon levels in your home, and further protect yourself and your household members from an increased risk of lung cancer.
This is everything you need to do to take care of high radon levels in your home. You were probably very worried and thought the process would be time-consuming, costly, and just too complicated, but when you decide to hire a professional, the process actually becomes pretty straightforward.
If you are worried about high radon levels in your home, don’t hesitate to contact Radon Resolvers, LLC! We are experts and we’re here to assist you and do our best to prevent you and your loved ones from inhaling dangerous levels of this cancer-causing gas. If you are in Maryland, call us today at (301) 200-2907 to schedule your free consultation.