- March 29, 2018
- Posted by: yoursemteam
- Category: Stay Informed
Radon Mitigation Systems
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family’s health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually. The EPA has launched a new series of television, radio and print public service announcements encouraging people to test and fix their homes for radon. This is a good time to focus on testing and on fixing homes with a radon level of 4 pCi/L or more.
You can use a testing kit to measure the amount of radon in your home. There are two types of radon testing devices. Passive radon testing devices do not need power to function. These include charcoal canisters, alpha-track detectors, charcoal liquid scintillation devices, and electret ion chamber detectors. Both short- and long-term passive devices are generally inexpensive. Active radon testing devices require power to function and usually provide hourly readings and an average result for the test period. These include continuous radon monitors and continuous working level monitors, and these tests may cost more. The EPA suggests ordering tests on http://sosradon.org/.
If you find levels of radon in your home, or want a professional HVAC analysis, ensure that you hire a qualified radon mitigation contractor because lowering high radon levels requires specific technical knowledge and special skills. The EPA warns that without the proper equipment or technical knowledge, you could actually increase your radon level or create other potential hazards and additional costs. There are various radon reduction techniques that can be installed by a certified HVAC company based on the levels of radon detected and the structure of the home.