Do you think you may have radon present in your home or the ground surrounding your home? Even if you don’t believe that you do, it’s important to have a radon mitigation and abatement company provide testing.
Radon mitigation and abatement is important in order to protect and take preventative measures against this dangerous gas. Radon may remain undetected due to the fact that this natural, radioactive gas is invisible and odorless.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), for every 15 homes, roughly one has radon levels that exceed its action levels. When these levels are reduced by two-to-four percent, scientific estimates indicate that approximately 5,000 deaths could be avoided.
If you are unaware of the harmful effects of radon, you may be interested to learn that the Surgeon General’s Office reports that it is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Furthermore, every year, according to the US EPA and the Surgeon General’s Office, radon has been responsible for an estimated 20,000 deaths due to lung cancer.
Radon can be found in drinking water and indoor air. It can also be present in the soil and dirt underneath houses. According to the EPA, when radon is present in drinking water, there is an increased risk for developing cancer, particularly lung cancer.
The major source of radon within indoor air is from the soil and dirt underneath homes. There is, however, a larger risk associated with having radon present within indoor air than with radon-contaminated drinking water, according to the US EPA.
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was passed in 1974 by Congress. This act was intended to protect and regulate the public drinking water supply, according to the US EPA. It was amended in both 1986 and 1996 to protect drinking water that comes from the following sources:
According to the US EPA, the SDWA does not regulate private wells. These would be wells that provide drinking water for less than 25 people.
In accordance with the SDWA, the US EPA devised a radon reduction proposal. This proposal has two options outlined under its Multimedia Mitigation (MMM) programs. The first option is considered to be the most cost-effective and provides a higher risk reduction, according to the US EPA. This option proposes to reduce radon levels to 4,000 pCi/L or less, and is being recommended.
The second option, according to the US EPA, is for those states that choose not to develop an MMM program. As a result, these states would be required to reduce their drinking water to 300 pCi/L. Another choice with option two is to develop localized MMM programs in order to reduce radon levels to 4,000 pCi/L. If levels are already below 300 pCi/L, then these areas would not need to treat their drinking water supplies.
In order to determine whether or not your home contains radon, it’s important to contact a local radon mitigation and abatement company. Since radon is odorless and invisible, the only way to determine whether radon is present in your drinking water or indoor air is to have it measured by a residential radon testing service.
A radon mitigation and abatement company can provide you with residential radon testing services. There are short, as well as long-term tests, and the contractor will know which one to conduct.
If radon is detected within your indoor air or water, your contractor may recommend several mitigation options. A passive mitigation system can reduce levels by 50%. Your contractor may also recommend a radon ventilation fan. It has been determined that radon levels can be reduced even further when this is used in conjunction a passive system.