What is Radon?

Radon is a gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. Radon forms naturally when uranium, thorium or radium (radioactive metals) breaks down in the ground. Radon enters your home typically though pores and cracks in the soil underneath your home. Usually, the air pressure will create suction that can pull the radon gas from any cracks in your home foundation into your home. Radon gas can even be present in water that comes into your home. Radon typically enters with water if you are on well water.

How can you find out the radon level in your home?

We at Total Care Plumbing can come to your house and with using our state of the art testing systems test your radon levels and tell you your levels within 24 hours. How our test works is we have a digital test meter that we leave in your most affected area of your home, which is typically in your basement or crawl space. We leave the meter there for approximately 24 hours to get your result.

How do we remove radon from your home?

There are many different types of radon reduction/mitigation that we offer. Radon mitigation is any process or system used to reduce radon concentrations in your home. The goal of the radon mitigation system is to reduce the indoor radon levels to manageable levels. The EPA action level in which we try to reduce levels to are 4 pCi/L, which we typically can achieve lower levels than that.

Three of the most common types of radon mitigation systems

  • Sub-slab suction- Pulls radon gas directly beneath the homes foundation and vents it outside.
  • Drain tile suction- Pipe penetrates into the drain tile and vents the soil gases outside.
  • Sub-membrane- Used in crawl spaces, a plastic sheet covers exposed dirt on the floor, extends up onto the wall and is sealed. A radon pipe penetrates the plastic and pulls the radon gas from the crawl space and vents it outside.

The most affective method of radon mitigation is to use a inline fan on the radon pipe that pulls the radon gas from the ground.

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