Archive for June, 2012
Radon Abatement: The Importance of Professional Removal of Radon Gas from Chattanooga Homes
If you are like many homeowners, you do not often test your home for radon gas; the possibility of the gas’s presence, and the dangers it can present, can be very easy to ignore. However, radon gas can be found in homes throughout the Chattanooga, Tennessee region, no matter what neighborhood they are in. Radon is a radioactive natural gas that can develop anywhere as a side effective of soil, rock or water deposits.
Why is Radon Abatement Necessary?
High radon levels in your home can be dangerous, but they can be reduced to acceptable limits through the right minimization procedures. However, any radon abatement within the Chattanooga area must be handled by trained experts from SWAT Environmental to ensure that you are properly protected.
How Does Radon Abatement Work?
There are several different means of removing excess radon gas from your home; which SWAT’s technicians will use depends on the construction of your home and the amounts of radon it contains. There are about three primary ways to reduce your house’s radon levels; they are used either as by themselves or in conjunction with each other, depending on the house’s requirements. These include applying sub slab depressurization to the basement or crawl space areas, sealing any cracks or openings in the foundation and installing air exchangers.
Radon Abatement Options
Many radon abatement specialists use sub slab depressurization, or SSD, as the first option for reducing the radon levels in Chattanooga area homes. During the sub slab depressurization process, a PVC pipe is installed in the area from which the radon gas is found to be infiltrating the house. This is usually in the ground beneath the basement area of the home. The other end of the pipe is run out above the roof of the home, allowing the radon gas to be pumped outside with the help of an extracting fan.
Homes that have crawl spaces beneath them generally need to have the SSD extraction pipes installed there. But before this is done, the dirt needs to be covered with a specialized plastic sheeting that runs up the walls and protects the area from radon gas coming back inside.
Sealing all cracks, openings and spaces through which radon may enter is also important when reducing radon levels via the SSD extraction system. Any holes and cracks leading to the ground outside must be sealed prior to extracting existing radon levels with sub slab depressurization; otherwise, the gas the radon abatement system removes will quickly be replaced by additional radon. The use of air exchangers is also sometimes used to abate radon gas levels by pulling fresh, clean air from outdoors inside to replace the contaminated air.
When you call in a professional Chattanooga radon remover from SWAT Environmental, he will test your home first to suggest the best method for abatement. This is not a project you should attempt yourself as radon is dangerous and can cause serious health issues.
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