Various reliable techniques exist for lowering radon levels in homes. Improvement in radon mitigation systems has come to the point that any home can be fixed by a certified radon inspector. It is estimated that 6% or one out of 15 homes nationally in the United States may have high radon levels at home that should be mitigated. Radon mitigation which is an activity to lower radon concentration to an acceptable level is often costly. Most of the time radon mitigation is conducted by professional radon contractors as involves specialized devices.
Eliminating radon gas is impossible especially that it is naturally occurring. However, we can prevent it from getting into our living spaces. Some of the things you can do to avoid radon gas escaping into your home include caulking, increase airflow, and vent pipe.
Ways to Reduce Radon Gas
Caulk is a material used to seal joints or seams to prevent leakage in various structures and piping. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the United States, sealing cracks and other openings in the foundation is a basic part of most approaches to radon reduction. When caulking or sealing, apply the caulk or sealant at a 45-degree angle between horizontal and perpendicular planes while squeezing hard to force the caulk or sealant fully into the joint.
Airflow pertains to the movement of air across space. A space with adequate airflow can dissipate radon gas to the outside preventing the accumulation of radon indoor. Increasing airflow can be easily done by opening your windows and exhaust fans. During cold seasons, when you cannot leave your windows open all the time, set a schedule in the morning to have the windows open. For the basement, you can buy a fan connected to an exhaust hose to draw out air.
Get a 3-inch or 4-inch solid PVC Schedule 40 pipe and install it vertically from the gravel layer to the roof. This will allow radon gas formed beneath the soil to escape to the outside rather than indoors.
Regular radon testing and radon mitigation by professional radon inspectors are needed especially in areas with a high concentration of uranium, thorium, and radium. At Atlantic Radon, we provide quality radon testing and radon mitigation services. Keep your family safe from Radon. You can schedule a radon testing in Annapolis, Columbia, Ellicott City, Crofton, and Gaithersburg with us. It is important to make sure your home is safe from radon. To learn more about radon testing in Annapolis, Columbia, Ellicott City, Crofton, and Gaithersburg, fill out our contact form.