Radon is a naturally occurring noble gas, that is a decay product of uranium. This is a naturally occurring part of our environment.
Indoor Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., after smoking. Radon gas is colorless and odorless. Therefore, it is not detected by human senses alone. What causes cancer is when the radon gas decays, it produces tiny particles that can be inhaled and deposited in the lungs. These particles will further decay and release alpha radiation that can lead to lung cancer.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year are caused by radon, and radon causes lung cancer in smokers and non-smokers alike. Radon can be found all over the U.S. and in any type of building, including homes, offices, and schools.
Radon gets into buildings because the air pressure inside is usually lower than the pressure in the soil surrounding it. This difference causes the building to act like a vacuum and suck radon in through foundation cracks and other small openings. The greatest exposure risk to radon is in the home simply because this is where people spend most of their time.
What should I do?
The surgeon general recommends that all homes be tested for Radon. It’s the only way to make certain that any particular home does not have a high level of radon. Testing your home is easy and radon problems can be fixed quickly. If a test shows 4 or more pCi/L of Radon in the air, simple, effective and non-expensive action can be taken to reduce this level.
What if my test results come back high?
Call Ohio Radon Mitigation. We will design and install a mitigation system that is specific and effective for your home. Every home is unique and will require an on-site consultation so we can develop the best plan to reduce your radon levels.
Radon mitigation systems work. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99 percent. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs. Your costs may vary depending on the size and design of your home and which radon reduction methods are needed.
Active Subslab suction — also called subslab depressurization — is the most common and usually the most reliable radon reduction method. One or more suction pipes are inserted through the floor slab into the crushed rock or soil underneath. They also may be inserted below the concrete slab from outside the home. The number and location of suction pipes that are needed depends on how easily air can move in the crushed rock or soil under the slab and on the strength of the radon source. Often, only a single suction point is needed.