Radon Testing & Mitigation
What is Radon?
As the U.S. Surgeon General has listed radon as the number two cause of lung cancer, and it accounts for about 20,000 deaths annually, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that all U.S. homes be tested for radon gas.
Radon is a radioactive, odorless, colorless gas formed by the decay of radium that occurs in soil, water and natural gas. As radon decays, it forms radioactive by-products, which can be inhaled and cause damage to lung tissue.
Radon gas is drawn into homes or buildings through cracks in the foundation or slab and through unsealed pipes, sumps, drains, walls and other openings. While radon is common outside, it is diluted to very low levels and is not a concern. However, radon that enters an enclosed space, such as a home, can sometimes accumulate to high levels. Today, homes can be built to reduce the amount of radon coming in by using radon-resistant construction features.
Health Hazard: High Radon levels in your home can pose a serious health risk to your family! Value Dry can test your home for high radon levels, then provide radon removal using a radon mitigation system.
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Radon Testing & Mitigation
Testing for radon is simple and relatively inexpensive. Depending on the test, the kit remains in your home for 48 hours to 90 days. Because radon levels tend to vary from day to day and season to season, short-term tests are less likely to measure your annual radon exposure.
Long-term tests remain in your home for more than 90 days. A long-term test will give a more accurate annual average radon level than a short-term test.
A variety of methods are used to reduce indoor radon levels, from sealing cracks in floors and walls to changing the flow of air into the home. Simple systems use pipes and fans to remove radon gas from beneath the concrete floor and foundation before it can enter the home. Radon is then vented out above the roof, where it safely disperses. Other methods may also work in your home. The right radon removal system depends on the design of your home and other factors.
Lowering high radon levels requires technical knowledge and special skills. You should use a professional who is trained to fix radon problems. The cost of making repairs to reduce radon depends on how your home was built and the extent of the radon problem, but most homes can be fixed for a reasonable cost.
How to deal with radon
How to lower Radon?
Your house type will affect the kinds of radon reduction systems that will work best. Houses are generally categorized according to their foundation design, such as:
- Slab-on-Grade (Concrete poured at ground level)
- Crawlspace (A shallow unfinished space under the first floor)
How Radon Mitigation System Works:
1. PVC pipe collects soil gases
2. Radon is piped upwards in the building
3. A radon depressurization vent forces radon out from your house
Hire an expert
You can count on the Value Dry Radon Experts for expert radon testing and radon mitigation. We are fully insured and listed with the EPA and the states of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. We use a few different radon mitigation systems, such as sub-slab depressurization, drain-tile depressurization and sump depressurization.
Value Dry helps make sure you don’t have to risk the health and safety of your loved ones. We offer no-cost help in interpreting your radon-test results. We will also work with you to determine the best, most cost-effective way to safely solve your problem and improve your indoor air quality. Estimates are always FREE.