What is Radon?

Radon is a naturally occurring gas commonly found in damp areas, such as basements or underground spaces. Developing from decaying uranium deposits found in foundational granite, Radio is a Gamma radiation gas that can pass easily through concrete or stone materials. When Radon particles are inhaled, they continue to decay inside your lungs and cause a greater risk for disease and even death. 

The World Health Organization has formed a network of key partners to create the WHO International Radon Project in 2005, who collect and analyze information on the risks and prevention of radon exposure. This research has shown that soil gas infiltration is the most common source of residential radon, as well as certain building materials and some methods of well water extraction.

Radon Testing

The only way to detect radon buildup is through a test of the air. Many at-home test kits are available for homeowners and property managers to do it themselves, but the most accurate way to clarify detection is through a certified professional. Our radon technicians can test your current space for radon with either active or passive tests of detection. We will conduct such tests to get your property's results in a timely manner, and review them with you to plan your form of radon mitigation.

Radon Removal Methods

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When it comes to the potential presence of deadly radon, efficiency and expertise is needed as quickly as possible.  Smith Restoration & Waterproofing can install the proper mitigation method on your property within 48 hours, quickly adapting to fit your schedule. Our materials are of the highest quality and come with a 1-year warranty on both parts and labor. The two most common radon removal methods are listed below, but our experts assess each property to determine what process is best suited to that area.

One typical air radon removal method is to use an Active Soil Depressurization system, which involves coring a small hole in the structure's foundation and carving out a small suction pit under the floor. PVC piping is used to seal the hole, which runs to the outside of the structure and attaches to a suction fan to draw the gas out through the exhaust.

Additionally, an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator) can be used in older homes or spaces where Active Soil Depressurization is not likely to exhume all the radon detected. HRV systems continuously bring in a supply of fresh air while exhausting contaminated air.

Our radon professionals will be able to handle each structure on a case-by-case basis to make the safest recommendations for your property.

Smith Restoration & Waterproofing Radon Mitigation

For more information on radon testing or if you think your structure may require radon mitigation, please contact us to review your property.

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