The first step towards riding a property of dangerous radon gas is finding out if radon is present on the property. There are very few places in the country which radon gas has not yet been found, meaning that almost everyone is at risk of exposure to radon if they don’t get their property checked. Some people are at higher risk however, such as people living in rural areas in the northwestern part of the country, as well as in the entire state of Utah. In fact, a local radon abatement agency, www.swatradonutah.com, recently released a report which indicates that as much as a third of all people living in Utah could be living in potential radon contaminated areas. While radon could exist anywhere, people living in major metropolitan areas are at lower rick of radon exposure simply due to the fact that the larger city municipalities tend to conduct large scale radon checks each year. No matter what part of the country you live, be it urban or country, you should have a basic SWAT Environmental check for radon done at least once. Radon inspections are not very expensive, and when you consider the fact that they could be saving you and your family from a serious health danger; they are well worth the cost.
If radon is found on your property the next step will be talking with radon experts in order to prepare a plan for either radon abatement or removal. Radon mitigation will probably be the only tool needed for radon contamination, and it will certainly be the first. Radon mitigation is the process of filtering out and reducing as much of the radon as possible in order to reduce the health risks which radon can present. As mitigation methods continue to improve each year, the reliance on radon removal continues to shrink. Most radon experts no longer prefer radon removal because it can be a lengthy and risky venture to undertake. Radon removal puts the property owner at risk of having radon spread and possibly contaminate surrounding properties. If radon abatement is finally selected as the means for taking care of a radon problem, setting up a radon mitigation system will be the last step.
Radon mitigation systems come in many different forms, but the two principal mitigation systems are fans and filters. A mitigation fan is a fan system which is placed at the opening above a radon source, which redirects the gases which rise up out of the contaminated area away from the places where people live. Some radon fan systems also include motorized pumps which pull the air out of the ground at a higher volume in order to release the most possible radon gas in a shorter time. In some cases a radon fan and suction system can reduce a radon gas pocket to almost nothing in a few months. Radon filters are used most commonly when a radon contamination takes place in surrounding water. Radon filters are placed in the water system that brings all water into a home, and are highly efficient in removing radon from drinking water.