Archive for March, 2012
Radon Gas Risks Solved with Radon Mitigation
Since the 1980s, the Michigan Department of Public Health’s Division of Radiological Health has studied the potential risks of radon gas to the area’s citizens. To monitor this risk, the Environmental Protection Agency initiated statewide radon testing of resident’s homes in 1988 to determine the average level of indoor radon gas levels in homes. The study discovered that 12 percent of homes had elevated indoor radon levels, according to guidelines set by the EPA. Because radon is an odorless and tasteless gas, many people are not aware when they have a problem — especially since they suffer no immediate symptoms when exposed to the gas. Over time, however, excessive radon gas levels can lead to lung cancer and a variety of other health problems. Therefore, you should protect your family from the dangers of radon gas exposure by having the air in your home tested for contamination.
Homes that test higher than four picocuries are considered to have a high radon level; if this is true of your home, you should have the radon levels lowered to avoid endangering your health. Radon mitigation is the general term for the process used to reduce the radon gas levels in a home. Some people think that sealing their home is sufficient to correct radon issues. Although this may prevent additional radon from entering the house, it does not solve the problem of the gas that is already in the house. If anything, making a home air-tight will only worsen that problem. Instead, you will need to hire a firm that specializes in radon mitigation to deal with the entire problem. For example, they may employ a method called “sub-slab depressurization” to move radon-contaminated air outdoors. Another possible method is called “soil suction.” This draws the gas from the house into a pipe which takes it to the air above. Other methods to reduce the levels of radon gas in homes are available as well; which the firm you hire uses depends on the source of the gas.
Radon Mitigation Michigan
If your house was built before 1986, you may qualify for a free radon mitigation system. The city of Ann Arbor has approved the rerouting of footing drains out of the public storm sewers. To accomplish this, contractors need to install a sump pump in the basements of volunteer’s homes. For their participation, volunteers will receive a radon mitigation process, new drains and a mitigation system. You must meet certain conditions to qualify for the free system. The program is offered to homeowners living in five study areas; volunteers must live in one of these areas to be recruited into the program. Other qualifications for volunteers include having a 24 inch deep catch basin between property lines and having failed a radon test. Developers are looking for homes that meet these conditions to qualify for the funded program. If one of the conditions do not apply to you, however, you should still hire a radon mitigation company yourself if you do have a radon problem.
To help find certified radon mitigation contractors, you should rely on the EPA guide “The Consumer’s Guide to Radon Reduction.” It will help you select a certified radon contractor and a safe mitigation system. You can also find a list of certified radon contractors from the National Radon Safety Board. These contractors are guaranteed to be trained and knowledgeable in the safe reduction of radon. You can find up-to-date information on the National Radon Safety Board’s website on radon mitigation.
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