Living a healthy life is not as easy as it seems. Because of our environment filled up with hazards and perils. One of the major hazards is due to Radon, a radioactive colorless and odorless gas, becoming common to every residential building every day, waiting to take your life.
Health problems associated with Radon.
Lung cancer has taken lives of many people around the world while Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in non-smokers and smokers that is why it is one of the major hazards. Although, lung cancer is curable the survival rate is low that increases chances of death. Not surprisingly, Radon is the prime cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. In America, radon is the reason behind 21000 deaths per year due to lung cancer. Moreover, if one tends to smoke, the probability of him being characterized by lung cancer augments. These facts are backed up by North American and European studies about residential radon exposure.
What to do?
To prevent such circumstances, what you need is radon mitigation system. Radon mitigation is the process of reducing radon concentrations from breathing areas by leveraging certain methods and instruments. The first step to take is radon testing ultimately leading to Radon mitigation. During the process, domestic water and the air is tested for radon concentrations. It should be kept in mind that one is more susceptible to Radon in the air than in water. Short-term testing or initial testing may not be reliable as air-radon levels may fluctuate due to pressure or high winds, therefore retesting is indispensable to a healthy environment.
Best of Radon mitigation system
- Active Suction: The system utilizes electrical fans and a monitoring system to perform active suction. Fans prevent Radon from building at high concentrations in homes while securing conditioned air. The system is limited to some houses but works best to stop radon building up underneath concrete of an undercroft foundation.
- Passive Suction: Usually installed during construction of buildings. The system best suits homes with low Radon concentrations. It involves a pressure system formed during constructing the building and later installing a duct so that radon can be removed naturally.
- Pressure Systems: The method is similar to Passive suction but does not involve any external devices or machines in essence, the duct system. Not really reliable except for ideal buildings
- Sub-membrane: The system resembles active suction but it uses plastic sheets then trapping air in concrete. Crawlspaces are covered with plastic sheets and the gas is driven out underneath the sheets. The system is limited to buildings having a crawlspace but is very reliable.
Radon is usually tested at the present place or samples of air and water are taken to the labs.
Cost of Installment
It depends on the size and type of building and local climatic conditions. On the average market and house conditions, the costs are between $800 – $1500.
It is not a choice but it is a need when it comes to Radon testing Kenosha.