How Radon Abatement Works to Reduce Radon in the Birmingham Area

Friday, June 29, 2012 @ 12:06 PM
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Alabama Radon Abatement SystemRadon is a serious threat to virtually anyone in the world. In and around Birmingham, Alabama, however, the problem can be particularly prevalent. Radon is a naturally occurring gas generated by radioactive elements found naturally in the soil beneath homes all over the United States. Radon is completely undetectable by sight, taste or smell. This means that a person could be exposed to radon and never know it until their health was negatively affected. Radon can only be detected by testing the air quality in the home. Testing is crucial because radon has been known to cause cancer when a person is exposed to it at high levels. If high levels of radon have been detected in your home, it is time to call a radon abatement specialist from SWAT Environmental.

Radon Abatement Specialists

If you have tested your home and found that it contains high levels of radon gas, the next step is to have SWAT Environmental’s radon abatement specialists determine how best to handle the problem. These specialists are highly trained in radon mitigation and reduction techniques and know how to effectively design a plan to reduce the levels of radon without exacerbating the situation.

Radon is created in the soil underneath the home and usually enters because of cracks in the foundation, gaps between the foundation and walls, spaces between the basement and slab and openings around the plumbing pipes. Once radon does get inside the home, the problem is further aggravated by inadequate ventilation, which prevents the radon-infested air from being diluted with clean pure air. A radon abatement specialist is trained in determining how the radon gas is entering your home — and, of course, in how to prevent it.

The Steps in the Radon Abatement Process

The first thing a radon abatement specialist will do is find and seal all the cracks by which the radon gas is getting inside. This will not solve the entire radon problem in the house, however. The specialist will also need to devise a reduction system to pump the radon out of the home and to increase ventilation to replace it with clean, fresh air. After determining the most efficient radon abatement plan for your home, the specialist will permanently install it to ensure that your home stays free of radon gas and its ill effects.

There are several methods by which radon gas levels in a home can be reduced. The first method is by sucking the radon directly from the soil and pumping it through a pipe that exits above the roof. The idea behind this method is to pull radon from its source, the soil, and pump it out to the exterior air where it can be diluted outside your home. Another common method is to increase ventilation in the home through the use of an HRV. Other methods may be used in some cases as well; relying on SWAT’s experience and expertise ensures that your family is properly protected, no matter what the necessary radon abatement system.

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