Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It’s odorless, tasteless and you can’t see it. It’s produced by the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil. It enters homes and buildings through cracks and openings in the foundation or floor slab. Not every home needs to be tested for radon. But you might if you notice any of these telltale symptoms:
- Respiratory issues – specifically pneumonia and bronchitis
- Coughing – most victims start off with a mild cough
- Decrease in muscle mass – most victims tend to lose muscle mass with every passing week, leading to a reduction in strength
- Paraneoplastic symptoms – these include drastic weight loss, anemia, and unexplained rashes
Short-term tests range from two days to 90 days, depending on the device. There are two groups of devices which are more commonly used for short-term testing. The passive device group includes alpha track detectors, charcoal canisters, charcoal liquid scintillation detectors, and electret ion chambers.
Long-term test take 90 days or more to complete and can help confirm initial short-term results. When long-term test results are 4 pCi/L or higher, the EPA recommends radon mitigation.
Radon mitigation involves installing a custom fan and pipe system that draws the radon-laden air from beneath the foundation, venting it outside of the building far enough away from windows or other openings to ensure that it will not re-enter your home. The licensed radon professionals at SolvIt will:
- Review testing guidelines and measurement results to determine if additional measurements are needed.
- Evaluate the radon problem and provide you with a detailed, written proposal on how your radon levels will be lowered.
- Design a radon-reduction system for your needs.
- Install the system according to EPA standards or state and local codes.
- Ensure the system is effective by retesting your home after the installation is complete.
A radon mitigation service begins with a free in-home estimate. This assures you of the best possible prices and no surprises later. SolvIt offers radon testing and mitigation to all of our other Connecticut service areas.