Radon is a radioactive gas often found in the ground in many areas.† Itís a daughter-product of uranium.† The greater Kansas City area is in a belt where the Radon levels are higher than average.†
Itís obviously not a good idea to breathe radioactive gases, because it can give you lung cancer.† While Iím not currently involved in Radon remediation work, I definitely take this threat very seriously.† Iíve heard some people say that theyíve never seen a death certificate with Radon listed as the cause of death.† But that seems to be a very naÔve response.† What person in their right mind would elect to spend a lot of time in an environment known to contain radioactive gases?†
It comes up from the soil through openings in the common areas in the basement, foundation walls or crawlspace.
You can either have a Radon testing company test for it or you can buy a test kit yourself.† Any more, when you sell a house in our area, the Radon testing is pretty much mandatory for the seller to have performed.
The required remediation process pretty much depends on the levels of Radon found in the home.† I see a lot of those Radon ventilation systems installed at my customerís homes.† These are the types where they drill a hole in the basement floor and run a piece of plastic pipe under the floor.† That pipe is run outside where it goes into a fan assembly.† Then they run a vertical pipe up from the fan assembly and the air is blown out through the top of the pipe.† So theyíre placing the area under the basement floor in a negative pressure when the fan runs, which is 24/7.
It wouldnít if they all did good installations.† But like anything else, that simply isnít the case.† Some take shortcuts that I just donít like at all.† There is at least one company here that does really good installations and doesnít take those shortcuts.† I like this because:
And there are companies that donít do all these things and sometimes donít do any of them.
Greater Kansas City including:
Johnson County, Kansas Kansas City, Kansas Kansas City, Missouri
Lake Quivira, KS
Mission Hills, KS
Mission Woods, KS
Overland Park, KS
Prairie Village, KS
Roeland Park, KS
Spring Hill, KS
Westwood Hills, KS
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