Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that occurs naturally in the earth as an indirect decay product of uranium or thorium. Radon is considered a health hazard due to its radioactivity, and is particularly known to cause lung cancer. The EPA and Surgeon General’s Office believes that radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year. This is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and second leading cause for smokers which is why radon mitigation is so important.
Preventing radon from reaching dangerous levels inside the home is a core priority for Apple Aire, Inc. Radon gas from natural sources can accumulate in buildings, especially in confined areas such as the basement. Most homes have some level of radon which penetrates through the lowest level in the home that is in contact with open ground. Entry points include cracks in foundations, construction joints, water supply, openings around service pipes, openings in suspended floors, and cracks in the walls.
Apple Aire wants to help protect you from dangerous levels of radon gas in your Wheat Ridge or Denver home, which is why we provide radon testing and radon mitigation services. We will come into your home and set up a testing system in the basement and test for radon levels over a three-day period. Through the testing process we are able to get a reading of how much radon you may have in your home and make recommendations as to the need for radon mitigation services. In cases where testing detects high levels of radon, Apple Aire, Inc. can put together a radon mitigation solution that will reduce radon to levels below the EPA’s recommended guideline for safety.
The most common and effective approach for radon mitigation is known as Active Soil Depressurization (ASD). This radon removal system utilizes a radon mitigation suction fan to pull radon gas out from below the foundation of the home. The radon fan is attached in-line with a PVC pipe system running from the foundation of the home and extending past the roofline. The system captures the radon, pulls it up and out of the ground through a specially designated pipe that releases the radon which is then diluted in the outside air, thus diminishing the hazard of the gases.
For more information on radon mitigation and testing in Wheat Ridge and Denver, call Apple Aire today at (303) 733-2813 and schedule an appointment where we can come out and assess your situation and make recommendations for your safety.