Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer for the general population. The Surgeon General and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend testing for radon and reducing radon in homes that have high levels.
Fix your Battle Creek, MI, area home if your radon level is confirmed to be 4 picocuries per liter, pCi/L, or higher. Radon levels less than 4 pCi/L still pose a risk, and in many cases may be reduced.
Choosing a qualified radon mitigation contractor to fix your home is the answer—call Better World Builders. We are licensed, certified, and registered for Radon mitigation work.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. Air pressure inside your home is usually lower than pressure in the soil around your home’s foundation. Because of this difference in pressure, your home acts like a vacuum, drawing radon in through foundation cracks and other openings.
Radon also may be present in well water and can be released into the air in your home when water is used for showering and other household uses. In most cases, radon entering the home through water is a small risk compared with radon entering your home from the soil.
In a small number of homes, the building materials—such as granite and certain concrete products—can give off radon, although building materials rarely cause radon problems by themselves. In the United States, radon gas in soils is the principal source of elevated radon levels in homes.
The EPA recommends that you have a qualified radon mitigation contractor, like Better World Builders, fix your home because lowering high radon levels requires specific technical knowledge and special skills. Without the proper equipment or technical knowledge, you could increase your radon level or create other potential hazards and additional costs.
Radon reduction systems work. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99 percent. Most homes can be fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs. Your costs may vary depending on the size and design of your home and which radon reduction methods are needed.
Call Better World Builders for Radon Testing or if you’ve tested another way, we can use the results to provide a detailed estimate containing a mitigation plan that’s specific to your home’s needs. We have helped hundreds of people reduce and mitigate radon levels in their homes.
Maintaining your radon reduction system takes little effort and keeps the system working properly and radon levels low.
In homes that have a basement or a slab-on-grade foundation, radon is usually reduced by one of four types of soil suction: subslab suction, drain-tile suction, sump-hole suction, or block-wall suction. An effective method to reduce radon levels in crawl space homes is submembrane suction, which covers the earth floor with a high-density plastic sheet.
A vent pipe and fan are used to draw the radon from under the sheet and vent it outdoors. Other radon reduction techniques that can be used in any type of Battle Creek, MI, area home include air sealing (link to air sealing), house or room pressurization, and heat recovery ventilators. Better World Builders can provide the best option to you for your home and solve all your Radon worries! Call us today!