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Michigan Radon Gas How to Protect Yourself with Radon Mitigation
You may be shocked to learn that in Bloomfield, Michigan, deep beneath the ground, radioactive compounds like uranium and thorium decay. As these substances decay they release a radioactive gas called radon. It has no odor or taste, and it is invisible to the naked eye. Normally, it makes its way to the surface and dissipates into the open air, causing no harm — unless it gets trapped inside your home. Once there, the radon itself decays and breaks down into solids that are called radon daughters. These can stick to the dust in the air you breathe. The EPA states that there is a very clear connection between high radon levels and lung cancer.
Oakland County is considered a Zone Two area, which means it is known to have moderate radon emissions. However, you can take steps to keep your family safe from this silent slow killer. Your first step is to test your home’s radon levels. You can find a simple home test at your local hardware store. For a more precise reading, however, you should hire a radon specialist to do your test.
Of course, it is not possible to remove the radon — or its sources — from the ground beneath your home. What you can do is reduce its accumulation inside your home with radon mitigation. No matter what your current radon levels, it is always a good idea to seal any cracks in the walls and floors of your basement to prevent the gas from entering. You can also take simple steps like opening your cellar windows to let it escape into the open air. For better results, try putting a small fan in one window to boost outgoing airflow.
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If your radon test shows moderate gas levels in your home, you can hire a radon mitigation firm to install a pressurizing system into your basement, which creates pressure to force the radon gas out of your home. Installing this type of system also requires the cracks and other openings in your basement to be sealed to increase efficiency.
If the home radon gas test returns high gas levels, you should take quick action to mitigate its accumulation before it is responsible for serious health problems for your family. Levels greater than four picocuries of radiation per one cubic liter of air are considered to be unsafe. To deal with levels this high, you will likely need to have a sub-slab pressurization radon mitigation system installed. This type of system requires collection pipes to be put into the foundation itself. These will then connect to an exhaust pipe and fan that vents out above your house away from windows or any other opening, preventing the radon from making its way back inside. Of course, home modifications this extensive should generally be handled by qualified professionals.
Dealing with excessive radon gas levels is never convenient. However, the consequences to your health and that of your family of not taking action can be far more dire. Do yourself and your family a favor and call SWAT Environmental today for a radon mitigation quote.
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