Radon Mitigation Following High Radon Levels

Radon mitigation is basically any method used to lower radon concentration in the living breathing zones of inhabited buildings, or radon in groundwater systems. Radon is an important contributor to environmental radiative decay. It is estimated that almost 9% of the earth’s total amount of radiative energy is derived from naturally occurring radon in soil and rock. Radon gas is invisible, odorless and colorless, but it stains clothing, hair, fibers, and the skin and induces damage to internal organs. Radon Mitigation of the Rockies Colorado Springs – radon mitigation has some nice tips on this.

A Radon Reduction System (RDS) is basically a machine that is designed to lower radon concentration in building air spaces by removing or decreasing the concentration of radon in the air over the ground surface under consideration. There are two types of radon mitigation systems – ventification systems and passive air control (PAAC). Both employ venting and air sealing surfaces to lower the concentrations of radon in the living spaces of the building. They differ in terms of the method for delivering radon to the environment, i.e. how the radon is removed or reduced and also the degree of control over the radon removal process. They also differ in terms of maintenance, cost effectiveness, efficiency and location-based decision-making.

If high radon levels have been detected in a building, a Radon Reduction System must be considering, to address these issues. If the initial radon test results were found to be within normal limits, then this should be enough to justify further investigation and to justify a mitigation plan. Usually, the initial test results will be inconclusive and the site will need to be tested again using instruments capable of detecting high radon levels. Once this has been done, the contractor would have to come up with a mitigation plan to address these issues, which would involve controlling the radon levels in the building either by venting or sealing the surfaces that need to be sealed. Both of these techniques will reduce the concentration of radon in the living spaces and thus improve the quality of life for those living there.