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The Danger Of Radon In Your Crawl Space

15th January, 2018

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and naturally occurring gas that is emitted from natural deposits of uranium in the soil, rocks, and water. Radon is a result of decaying uranium and is a naturally radioactive element. Two radon atoms are released from every square centimeter of soil everywhere every second of each day. Of course, this adds up to quite a bit of radon. The majority of this is dispersed into the atmosphere and people do not experience any effects from their daily outdoor contact. So where is the risk? As your local crawl space repair company, we are sharing the risks of radon and how to protect your family.

Why Radon Is Dangerous

Radon emitted from the soil into our foundations, basements and crawl spaces will leach throughout an entire building. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Over 21,000 people die annually from this preventable cause. Radon becomes dangerous when trapped in buildings as the concentration continues to build. 4pC per liter of air is a dangerously high level. We breathe about 20 liters of air every minute, the average adult can accumulate 10,000 radioactive atoms into our lungs every minute. Radon enters your home through cracks in solid floors, walls, and construction joints and the gaps of your unsealed crawl space.

Protect Your Home

What’s between your first floor and the soil? Your crawl space. One of the best ways to keep your air clean is to properly seal your crawl space. Air sealing of the crawl space ground is considered a “passive” method of controlling soil gases. Air sealing is difficult in crawl spaces and a trained professional should be hired for crawl space repair. Standard plastic and tape are not enough due to the inherent flaws of plastic and tape. Since the Nu-Crawl Liner is a sprayed continuous barrier, there are no air gaps and will rarely ever puncture. It joins perfectly to concrete edges and footings, as well as any pipe or penetration. Nothing compares to this kind of perfect seal. The Nu-Crawl Space System can be used under the guidance of a licensed radon mitigation provider or simply as part of a passive system.

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