What is Radon?
Radon is an invisible, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that forms naturally in the earth and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. Radon is produced from the natural decay of uranium in the ground and can also be found in many other rocks such as shale, slate, and granite. It can also be found in well water. Radon can easily escape the loose soil under foundations around plumbing and find its way into your home through cracks and holes. Once the gas has entered your home it becomes trapped inside and levels can build up overtime.
Radon has a half live of 4 days and breaks down into its alpha particles. Those particles attach to the dust in the air and we breathe those particles into our lungs. The particles are deposited onto the cells and air pathways and overtime can mutate DNA and cause damage which potentially cause lung cancer. If you find that your house has a high level of radon gas – do not panic. Just remember that long term exposure to higher concentrations causes lung cancer. If you are a smoker your in more danger than non smokers increasing the risk of lung cancer by 8X.
Epidemiological studies have shown a clear link between breathing high concentrations of radon and incidence of lung cancer. Thus, radon is considered a significant contaminant that affects indoor air quality worldwide. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking, causing 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. While radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, it is the number one cause among non-smokers.
How can I test whether I have radon in my home?
Carpenter Radon LLC recommends using a home detection kit, widely available at hardware stores. Although factors such as atmospheric conditions and air flow in your home can impact results, the kits are generally reliable. Many home inspectors also offer professional tests for more accurate results.
Radon Mitigation typically begins with diagnostic testing to find out where the higher concentrations of radon are located in the lowest livable level of the house. We also take into account location on the inside and outside. We treat every job as if it were our own and put our eyes in the homeowners shoes. Where is the best place for a system, but what is also going to work effectively? There are many different options that we can use. Installation typically involves drilling a hole through the foundation or joist. The radon fan is mounted against the house and pipe is run up the side of the house and out above the roof. The inside involved drilling a hole(s) into the foundation and excavating around a five gallon bucket of earth. The system draws the radon out from underneath the foundation.
How much does the average system cost and what does that price guarantee?
Carpenter Radon sets a lifetime guarantee on every system. We give you the price, and your guaranteed for life on original home construction. No EXCEPTIONS. We use Radon Away fans exclusively and all fans have a five year warranty from the installation date. If your fan fails in the five year span – we will replace it at no charge. No EXCEPTIONS. We stand by our work and our guarantee.
Call Carpenter Radon LLC today for a free estimate 888-965-3225