Testing And Mitigating Radon Gas
Radon gas is a radioactivity influenced noble gas that is tasteless, colorless and odorless. Radon is a by-product of the reactive element radium. Radium element is electronic configuration is placed at position 86 of the periodic table. The radioactive decay process that leads to production of radon gas comes from uranium, thorium, and radium. Radon gas is not a light weighted gas though it is breathable. The production of radon gas take place underneath the ground where there those radioactive elements. Radon gas naturally escape from the ground and seep into structures via cracks and holes. Water that is located on the surface or underground may have traces of radon.
Radon gas is unfriendly to the health as it causes lung cancer. Radon gas contaminate indoor air. Elevated level of radon gas in a homestead impact negatively more so the health of the house occupants. The level of radon gas in nature differ from one location to another due to the geology variation. People need to take action against radon gas upon verification of its presence.
Special radon testing method should be used to assess the level of the gas in a location. Testing radon gas can be done by a professional tester or by a common individual. Radon testing kits are used to assess and quantify the radon gas in a building or surrounding. The testing kit has a detailed menu and instruction that if followed to finality, the testing will yield successful result.
The passive radon gas testing tools merit in that it is manually operated without power. Alpha track and charcoal canisters are some of the passive methods of testing radon gas. The active radon testing kits are operated with the help of power. The active testing kits analyze, quantify and record the radon gas.
When the final result concerning radon gas are out, a house occupant is provided with a ground on where to start and what to do against the same. Presence of radon gas traces in the surrounding calls for immediate action. Methods that support mitigation of radon gas need to be utilized in a location where its level are high and present. Some of the strategies that can be used to mitigate radon gas are soil suction, house pressurization, use of heat recovery ventilator just to mention but a few. Soil sucking procedure draw traces of radon gas from the soil. The cracks and small opening on structures should be fully filled. Radon gas located in water can be fought off by using charcoal filters and aeration tools.