A homeowner in Mount Gilead, OH, just moved into his home when he performed a radon test which showed a level of 17. This raised health concerns for the homeowner, who had heard about the dangers of prolonged radon exposure. Radon is a naturally occurring gas which results from the decay of uranium in the soil. When present in the soil under a home, it gets sucked in through the basement and crawl space and becomes concentrated in the small area. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, next to smoking.
The EPA suggests mitigating radon levels if they are 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or higher, so the homeowner gave us a call for help.
One of our inspectors visited the home and determined the best place to install the mitigation system. This system will dramatically decrease radon levels almost instantly by sucking radon out from below the floor and expelling it out of the home through the roof. He also explained that an airtight dome lid over the sump pump pit would prevent radon from escaping into the home through there.
The homeowner decided to have these things installed, so, a skilled crew came in and completed the project. The homeowner now feels a lot better about the low radon levels, and his new, healthier home!