DEFEND YOUR HOME
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY
2 OUT OF 5 HOMES IN MINNESOTA HAVE HIGH RADON LEVELS
WHAT IS RADON?
Radon (Rn) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that is produced from the uranium present in almost all soils. As radon undergoes radioactive decay, it gives off radiation and becomes another radioactive element. This is repeated several times. The elements that radon changes into are called radon daughters or radon progeny and gives off alpha particles, beta particles, and gamma rays. This radiation gives a radiation dose to people when they are exposed to radon. Radon enters the home through the basement slab, crawl spaces, and through the walls of the basement.
Radon is measured in terms of its activity (curies). The curie (Ci) is a measurement that tells us how much a radioactive material decays every second in a liter of air. Currently the Environmental Protection Agency recommends mitigation when the average level is 4 pCi/l or greater in the home, and recommends considering action at 2 pCi/l. The World Health Organization recommends mitigation at 2.7 pCi/l or greater. Radon is not safe at any level and every home is different. The only way to know how much radon is present in your home is to get tested.
Radon Armor guarantees your post-mitigation rate to be 2 pCi/l or less, and often results will be 1 pCi/l or less.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
The first step is testing. Every home is different; high or low radon levels in a neighbor's home is not indicative of the radon levels in your home. The next step is mitigation. Mitigation is effective, typically takes about one day and is usually accomplished by professionally installing a system that depressurizes the basement slab in your home. Pipes and a fan remove the harmful gases before they even have a chance to enter your home.
Radon mitigation systems also have added health benefits. They typically reduce the humidity levels in you basement and reduce other soil gases such as methane from decomposing organic matter or landfills, hydrocarbons from underground fuel spills, pesticides that have been used around buildings or other volatile organic compounds. If you have any questions regarding radon testing or mitigation, please call 651-505-3555 and we would be happy to help!
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