Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by Niles Erickson
More and more, Americans are becoming aware of the dangers and health risks associated with radon. It is found in our homes, both in the air and in our water. Yet it is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and in all ways utterly impossible to notice using any of the human senses. But we know it is there and that it is harmful.
Today, people will spend 90% of their time indoors, and nearly 65% is spent in their homes. With so much time spent inside, exposure to radon is that much higher. Indoor air pollution can be as much as 2 to 5 percent higher than the outdoor air. This is also a wide spread concern, with radon polluted air and water occurring in every state.
If your home has a high percentage of radon in its environment, it’s a good idea to install a mitigation system. An air radon mitigation system will help to control your radon levels and keep them low. By installing a system you are allowing the radon to travel safely through a piping system and out of your home structure entirely. There are many sources of radon, however nearly 70% of radon found in our homes is released from the soils beneath.
So how is radon mitigated? The procedure is installed with a “stack effect” which draws the air from underneath your home and releases it safely above. The harmful gas is redirected, and all points of entry are sealed, so the amount of radon entering the home is drastically reduced, if not completely eliminated. Having your structure tested for radon before and after the construction starts is important, especially concerning homes with high levels of radon.
There are other options when concerning picking a mitigation system. Radon can also be found in your water system. A water mitigation system filters the radon levels by releasing bubbling air throughout the water, which releases the gas particles from the water. Radon in your water can be extremely harmful, as it can lead to cancer. Stomach cancer is the top sickness related to drinking radon contaminated water.
To choose the right system, it is crucial for homeowners to test both their air quality and their water systems. Radon mitigation contractors have solutions for both systems, and most offer free estimates for installations. For homeowners who do find high levels of radon, it is recommended they call a contractor and get quotes immediately for properly mitigating their homes.
During the harsh winter months in New England, as homeowners we often leave the windows and doors closed until spring. With our homes sealed tight, indoor air quality becomes a major concern. Homes may become filled with toxic particles, allergens, and chemical residue. Poor indoor air quality is among the top five environmental risks to public health. With this in mind, it’s important for homeowners to test for such things as radon, and ensure their homes are properly mitigated.
National Radon Defense states that in 1988 radon was officially classified as a human carcinogen. Bellow you will find statistics of how radon can affect you or your loved ones health: