Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes in every area of the country. It can be of concern because the Surgeon General cites radon as a cancer-causing agent. The Department of Public Health recommends all homes be tested for radon gas, and that if elevated levels are found, it should be reduced to acceptable levels. There are simple and common techniques for reducing radon in the air or water of your home.
Radon is produced in the soil as a result of the breakdown of radium. Because it is a gas, it can move out of the soil and into your home through the basement. Not only does radon enter through cracks and other openings in the foundation, it has been demonstrated that radon can readily move right through intact concrete floors. Even homes that are built on concrete slabs or over crawl spaces can have significant radon levels from this route of entry.
There are simple and proven techniques for radon reduction in the air. Professional equipment is used that will essentially vent the radon out of the house instead of going into your basement, and thus into your living spaces. It’s important that you call a radon reduction expert to install the system, rather than try to do it yourself or have an unlicensed person do it for you. Reducing the risk on your family’s health and safety depends upon the system working properly, as well as being properly maintained. Contact JR Dockendorff Environmental for a FREE consultation!
Radon can enter your home through well water. Water in the ground is in direct contact with the rock and soils that produce radon. Radon is about 15x more soluble in water than carbon dioxide, so if there is a lot being produced in the ground, then it can easily become dissolved in the water.
Much like carbonation in a can of soda, radon does not stay dissolved in water. The agitation produced by shower heads, washing machines, dishwashers, and faucets causes radon to move rapidly out of the water into the air. It is the airborne radon that poses the risk.
Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas. The only way to know if you have radon levels that exceed acceptable guidelines is to test. For radon in the water, there are different techniques used based on the actual level of radon found. For low levels, a specific filter system is used; for higher levels, an aeration system is preferred.
No matter what levels of elevated radon are found, it is critical that you call a professional company and not try to do it yourself, or call someone who is inexperienced. JR Dockendorff Environmental can help you keep your family safe from elevated levels of radon with a properly installed reduction system.
After finding out you have elevated radon levels in your home or well water, it is highly recommended that the radon should be reduced immediately to acceptable levels. Over time it has the potential to be a health risk and cancer-causing agent – don’t ignore it or hope it will go away. JR Dockendorff Environmental is trained and certified to consult with you and install the proper system for your home and radon situation. The risks posed by elevated levels of radon are preventable, with effective and proven methods of reduction that are not cost-prohibitive. The acceptable levels of radon have been well-established by the State so contact us now if you are concerned about the air or well water in your home.