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Radon Mitigation: What You Need to Know
While "radon" may sound like some kind of strange name out of a Star Trek franchise, it's a very real threat to people everywhere. Radon is a radioactive gas. Unlike some radioactive gases, this one poses an everyday danger. Radon comes from rocks, soil, etc. It's released during the decay of elements including uranium, radium, and thorium. It can contaminate groundwater and, from there, it can evaporate and become airborne.
Airborne radium poses a significant threat - it's the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and is the cause of tens of thousands of lung cancer deaths annually. Cigarette smoke is the leading cause of lung cancer - and it's far ahead of radon, in that respect. However, according to the National Cancer Institute, exposure to both radon and cigarettes significantly heightens one's risk of lung cancer.
What can we do about this naturally occurring and very dangerous gas? A technique called "radon mitigation" can help prevent death, cancer, and various health problems. While not extremely well-known, the radon mitigation industry has been growing over the years into a specialized industry that works with homeowners and businesses alike to reduce indoor radon concentration. Breathing radon outdoors in small concentrations is normal and generally harmless, but when radon is trapped indoors and circulating, concentrations within individuals can build to reach dangerous levels.
A basic radon mitigation system consists of a pipe and vent fan. Radon is pulled from the lower parts of buildings and then vented outside. The radon isn't eradicated, but the system is, after all, "radon mitigation," not "radon destruction."
How do you know if you need radon mitigation? Radon mitigation generally takes some vigilance and initiative. Radon mitigation tends to not be required by many jurisdictions. The danger of radon isn't as publicized as the danger of carbon monoxide, for example. Moreover, radon is odorless, tasteless, and practically undetectable without special equipment. If you are at all concerned about radon or wonder if radon mitigation is right for you, testing is a wise idea. If you catch it in time, you can work to reduce exposure and concentrations before health problems arise.
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Without proper ventilation, radon mitigation can lead to humidity and mold concerns. Radon mitigation may cause issues if you have leaking air-conditioner ducts. Excessive exhaust fans and oversize AC units may bump up humidity. A radon mitigation professional will generally check for risk factors while installing a unit. Large office units sometimes opt for radon mitigation - in a large building, the process may become more complicated.
Radon mitigation units at one point were installed surreptitiously in Florida housing units. Radon mitigation, as proven by this installation, isn't conspicuous - home inspectors, real estate agents, and the like did not notice these radon mitigation units for quite some time.
There are plenty of resources, including "A Citizen's Guide to Radon," that can help you if you have any interest in radon mitigation. Radon mitigation, while it may sound technical, even foreign, may be just what you need to protect yourself and your family. In a world rife with cancer risks, don't let one more threaten you. Discover radon mitigation before radon discovers you.