Radon is a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas that forms in nature when uranium in the soil breaks down. It is statistically one of the leading causes of lung cancer and unfortunately can be found in the one place you should feel most safe—your home. The identification, removal, and prevention of radon in your household are essential to the health and well being of you and your family. And, thankfully, the installation of our D-wall system makes radon easy to prevent, detect, and mitigate in your home.
The best defence mechanism you have against radon is prevention. Radon can be found anywhere in your home, but it often thrives in low-lying, enclosed spaces like basements. The most common way for radon to enter your home is through openings such as poorly sealed sump pumps or cracks in the foundation and through porous construction materials that are not properly sealed. To minimize or alleviate radon exposure, you must ensure that all the vents, pumps, and other intentional openings have proper seals that allow water or exhaust to escape without permitting outside radon contamination. Further, all surfaces should have adequate waterproofing and foundation crack repair should be tended to immediately.
Even when you take all the proactive and preventative measures to keep your home radon-free, it is recommended that you test your home every two years. Quality home tests can be purchased at your local home improvement store, or you may call a local radon testing and mitigation company to perform a professional inspection in your home. Testing your home for radon is a more efficient process when you have a D-wall system installed in your basement. Professional inspections are faster and cost-effective in instances where there is no need to tear down the wall for thorough inspection. Self-tests are also more accurate when you are able to have unfettered access behind your wall with the effortless drywall removal.
In the unfortunate event that contamination has occurred, there are ways to remove radon and restore your home’s air quality. The right solution, however, depends on several factors such as the condition and layout of the building and the type of soil beneath it. As a homeowner, you should always use correctly installed ventilation systems to ensure regulation of air pressure. Cover exposed earth in crawl spaces or basements and repair foundation cracks immediately to prevent new radon build-up. The best way to ensure effective removal of radon is to consult with a radon mitigation specialist. They will evaluate your situation and suggest the most appropriate action. And, with the D-wall system, they can do so quickly and efficiently, so you can enjoy your home without the inconvenience.
To avoid radon exposure from a foundation crack, book a consultation for repair by calling 780-271-7689