Radon Reduction – A Life Saver
Radon is one of the many, many chemical elements found in nature or formed in laboratories. It is gaseous in state and is colorless and odorless. It is a noble gas, means it is inert and does not react with other elements. It is formed when uranium is broken down in air or soil or water and becomes dangerous when encounters human body. It is found in the American continent – in residential areas and buildings. It is an active part of environmental radioactivity.
The Hazards of Radon
Radon is not good for human health. The presence of Radon Reduction gas in houses all over the US has been becoming an issue since last few years and no matter how sealed or maintained or new the house is, radon manages to sneak in. Some of the common symptoms of radon are a cough – with blood too sometimes, irritation, allergy, chest pains and hoarseness in the throat, shortness of breath and wheezing. It also causes skin problems with itching, redness or soreness. You are usually exposed to radon through inhaling or ingestion as it is found in air or water. Radon, if inhaled more than a certain level, and combined with cigarette smoke, can cause lung cancer and is one of the major reasons of lung cancer.
The acceptable level of Radon is 2.7 to 4 pCi/L (Picocuries per liter, a unit to measure radioactivity). Radon testing kits are easily available and anyone can use it to check the Radon level. If Radon is present above this level, you should apply ways to reduce it or mitigate it. There are various ways of reducing Radon from a building and one of these is RADON REMEDIATION.
Radon remediation is a process to lessen radon from the atmosphere. It is done either from the underground, basement or above the land. The process is of ventilating the building and increasing the air change per hour in the place. Activated charcoal is also very useful in the process and it has excellent absorbing quality. A vent pipe is used which pulls the radon from the house or from beneath the ground and forces it outside. It is also advisable that the houses should be prevented from getting humid and dump. In water, Radon can be reduced by using activated charcoal. Aeration is also a process in which Radon is released from water to air. It takes some days to dissipate from the water. The charcoal when in contact with the absorbing radon becomes radioactive waste.
It is important to remediate buildings from time to time for radon presence as it is harmful to human health. It is also important to reduce radon from buildings as no realter will buy a house with the higher level of radon in the atmosphere as it is common practice in the US to check radon level from a deal on a building. The government and WHO have also decreed that areas, where radon level is high, should take proper measures.