Radon is a gas found in the soil and rocks beneath our feet. It’s odorless, tasteless, and invisible, but it’s a real threat to our health. Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. According to the EPA, radon gas is responsible for 21,000 lung cancer deaths yearly.
The good news is that we can take action to reduce our exposure to radon gas. If you have a concrete structure on your property, this blog post can help you protect yourself and your family from this invisible killer. Read on to find out!
The Most Effective Radon Mitigation Methods
Reducing radon levels in buildings and residential infrastructures involves technical knowledge, experience, and the proper equipment. Over the years, experienced techs have understood that some radon mitigation systems work better for particular infrastructure than others and even how to pair them. Here are 3 of the most effective radon reduction methods for concrete structures:
One of the most effective ways to reduce exposure to radon gas is to install a barrier between the gas and your home or business. Barriers or membranes between the soil and the outer skin of the building act as a stand-alone radon prevention strategy. These barriers also include the sealers and caulking used in cracks and joints of the foundation.
Barriers materials prevent radon gas from passing through them. We can list epoxy, polyurethane basecoats, or plastic among these materials. They work by stopping radon before it has a chance to enter your home or business.
Active Radon Mitigation System
Active radon mitigation systems reduce the radon concentration indoors using fans to draw the gas out. Sub-slab and drain tile suction is most effective when combined with a barrier or membrane.
Passive Radon Mitigation System
Passive systems use natural air pressure differences to accomplish the same goal as active systems. Air pressure locks work by keeping the air pressure inside your building higher than the pressure of the air outside. These systems prevent radon gas from seeping into your building through cracks and other openings in your foundation.
Air pressure locks are most effective when combined with other mitigation strategies, such as ventilation or barriers.
Install Your Radon Mitigation System With Certified Technicians
Your radon mitigation services require a certified technician to install your system. The installation of a radon mitigation system is not a job that should be attempted by someone who is not qualified. Improper installation can lead to dangerous levels of radon exposure and death.
If you are looking for qualified and certified radon mitigation services, look no further than the experts at Radon Control Services. We’ve been protecting St. Louis & St. Charles since 1999 with quality radon reduction services. We offer both commercial and residential radon mitigation services. Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation!