Radon Testing for homeowners at Johns Creek GA
There are no safe levels of radon, and there’s no way to eradicate it. In homes where there are smokers present and smoking indoors (instead of outside), the risk of developing lung cancer will be much higher. Levels above 4 pCi/L are considered actionable, so those are in the dangerous levels of radon for indoors.
A poorly draining property is at risk of water damage every time it rains. Poor drainage contributes to: cracked and settling driveways and foundations, pooling water in yards and around swimming pools, erosion issues around the home, insect problems, and is the leading cause of dead landscaping in this area. The best solution for poor drainage is a properly designed, professionally installed, drainage system. Drainage systems can consist of various items to help protect the home and property.
Schmitt Waterproofing offers a variety of solutions for Landscape drainage issues including dry creek beds, French drains, catch basins, and gutter downspout extensions. Dry creek beds are used to stop soil erosion and push large amounts of water runoff as needed. French Drains are a great solution to address large amounts of water runoff, which creates drainage issues, without leaving an open trench or drainage ditch. Catch basins are typically used to address pooling water in specific areas to catch water through a surface grate and then move it underground through pipe. Finally, gutter downspout extensions will allow underground pipes to tie directly into gutter downspouts to move the water away from the home.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that leads to over 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United States. Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive carcinogen that most commonly enters the home up through the foundation and becomes trapped inside. All foundation types are susceptible to radon transmission from the soil, including homes in a basement, crawl space, and even slab on grade homes. Once radon enters the home, the stack effect pushes the gas upwards through the home, leaving anyone inside at risk of exposure. The taller the home, the more efficient the stack effect is at pushing the gas up, much like a chimney; the taller the structure, the more draw there is. The EPA states that extended exposure to radon, especially at levels over 4.0 pCi/L, greatly increases health risks. Testing the radon level in homes is suggested to be completed once every 2-5 years to ensure a healthy environment is maintained. Statistically, 1 in every 15 homes is estimated to have a high radon level that needs to have a properly designed and installed radon mitigation system.
Radon is emitted from uranium deposits found in soil and rock. When radon is emitted and trapped under a foundation, it pushes into homes. Many homes today have a negative pressure that, in effect, pulls radon up through the foundation. As most newer homes are sealed tightly to help with energy efficiency, the negative pressure inside generally increases, contributing to higher radon levels.
The only way to know an accurate count of how much radon is in your home is to have a professional conduct a test. Schmitt Waterproofing offers professional testing of radon levels in homes.
Once testing is complete, a professionally designed and installed radon reduction system can bring radon levels back down to a safe number if radon is detected. Many homes’ variables can affect a proper radon mitigation system design as each home is unique and must be viewed this way to ensure the system is adequate to keep the home safe. Schmitt Waterproofing offers custom-tailored radon reduction systems for each home to ensure that any high radon levels will be brought down.
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