Residential Radon Mitigation
Residential Radon Mitigation
When homeowners find out that they have a problem with high levels of radon, their first instinct might be to panic. But after that initial shock has died down, those homeowners need to get serous about fixing what could be a very dangerous problem for themselves and their families. Residential radon mitigation is not always fast or easy, but it can be remarkably effective, even in parts of the country known for their extensive radon problems.
How Radon Enters a Home
Radon can enter your home in a number of different ways, and it is important for any residential radon mitigation program to have a thorough understanding of where that radon is coming from. For instance, radon is naturally present in the soil in many parts of the country. The pressure differences between the interior of your home and the surrounding earth can create a vacuum effect and cause radon gas to be literally sucked into your home through cracks in the foundation or tiny holes in the basement walls. Any residential radon mitigation will have to address the underlying problem by equalizing the pressure inside and outside of your home. Once the pressure is equalized, that radon gas will no longer be sucked into your home, and once the initial radon levels are reduced you should not have any further problems.
But the foundation and surrounding soil is not the only way radon gets into your home. Radon can also get into your house through the water supply. Many parts of the country have problems with radon in the groundwater, and if you have a well in one of those areas your home is automatically at risk. If your well is contaminated with radon, this colorless and odorless radioactive gas could be seeping into your home each time you take a shower, wash the dishes or turn on the tap.
Again, any residential radon mitigation program you choose will need to be able to deal with the underlying problem, this time one of well water contamination. A quality radon mitigation contractor will come to your home armed with sophisticated water testing equipment to determine if your well is contaminated. Once they know for sure that radon is entering your home through the well, they will be able to take steps to stop that contamination and mitigate the current problem.
Get a Qualified Radon Specialist
Radon is a serious threat, and any mitigation efforts have to be equally serious. If you suspect that you have a radon problem in your home, you need to have the house, the well and the surrounding soil tested as soon as possible. And if you know you have a problem, you need to hire a residential radon mitigation specialist who has the training, qualifications, expertise and experience to get rid of those high levels of radiation inside your home and make sure that they do not return to threaten your home and your family.