A homeowner in Mount Gilead, OH, just moved into his home when he performed a radon test. This test showed a level of 17 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). This raised health concerns for the homeowner, who 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 Environmental Protection Agency suggests mitigating radon levels if they are 4 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 above 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!