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The Importance of A Radon System as a Household Safety Precaution
Most homeowners have a mistaken tendency to underestimate the potential danger that radon can pose to members of their family, and might feel that a radon system that's designed to mitigate contamination risks is simply unnecessary. Whether this is because of a lack of media attention, or a lack of understanding about how radon poisoning works is largely irrelevant. Radon has been known to be a major risk factor for lung cancer, and exposure to radon is responsible for more deaths per year than drunk driving and household fires combined. It has been demonstrated that radon is more likely to be found in homes that don't have a radon system installed.
Most newer houses will come with a radon system of some kind built into them, regardless of whether they've tested positive for the presence of radon in the past. Homes built before the mid-1990's are a lot less likely to come with a radon system, and in those cases, a radon system will have to be professionally installed, assuming the owner chooses to do so.
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In order to understand a bit about how a radon system helps to protect a house and its occupants from danger, you have to understand where radon itself comes from, and what a radon system does to prevent you from being exposed. Radon is a basic element of the noble gas family. It has no odor or taste, and can only be detected through the use of a radon test that tests the air for radiation traces over the course of a few days. The readings from the radon test can then be sent off to a lab to confirm or deny the presence of radon gas to determine if you need a radon system.
Radon gas is a completely natural by-product of the breakdown of radioactive material that occurs beneath the soil. It isn't a man-made problem, and it can occur nearly anywhere. This is why the decision to install a radon system shouldn't depend on where a home is located geographically, or based on elevation. From the soil, radon becomes airborne, and gets into any home that doesn't have a protective radon system installed, where it is then free to enter the lungs of the occupants, exposing them to the potential for serious health issues later in their lives.
A radon system usually is comprised of a system of ventilation pipes that are run throughout the walls of the home or on the outside of the home, and beneath the lower floor construction. Air that has been exposed directly to the soil beneath the home is funneled into the radon system using powerful fans that are tied into the home's electrical systems. These are highly-efficient fans that are specifically designed for use in the radon system, and don't burn a lot of power. They run in on-off phases in much the same way that an air conditioning unit does, except that they only circulate air throughout the radon system itself. The incoming air that enters the system is dispersed away from the home before it ever enters the interior walls.
For what it costs to install a radon system in a home, the benefits are tremendous. Homes with properly operational radon systems show a drastically marked decrease in the frequency of radon gas occurrences. While it's true that radon gas contamination is a relatively uncommon problem compared to the sheer number of homes that exist as a whole, a radon system is a line of defense that offers the home owner peace of mind, much like a smoke detector would against the threat of fire.
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SWAT Radon Mitigation has been installing radon systems since 1988.