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Radon is a radioactive gas that has no color, odor or taste. It’s heavier than air and enters buildings at a low level, usually through cracks in the foundation or walls. Its radioactivity makes radon a potential health hazard, which is the reason radon levels in buildings are regulated by the federal government. ARM Environmental Services offers a range of services related to the detection and reduction of radon, including inspections, surveys, the installation of detection equipment and radon mitigation systems.
Radon can’t be detected through normal observation, although it can cause lung cancer due to its radioactivity. However, this process takes at least five years to develop, so physical symptoms are an impractical method of identifying high radon levels. ARM uses short-term detectors to measure current radon levels in your building. It also uses long-term detectors to measure fluctuations in radon levels over time.
Radon treatments may be classified into the following four general techniques:
Pressurization involves installing a positive pressure system in the building, which minimizes the radon entering the home. Depressurization techniques reduce the pressure on the soil under the foundation, typically by increasing air flow under the floor. Ventilation improvements to a building are generally designed to prevent the transportation of radon from the basement to the higher levels. The installation of a radon sump in the basement can also reduce the concentration of radon in the higher levels of a building. ARM radon remediation systems include all of these general techniques.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends a maximum level of 4.0 picocuries of radon per liter of air (pCi/L) for inhabited buildings. ARM radon specialists must remain up-to-date on radon requirements through regular training.
ARM has several accreditations related to radon inspection and abatement from South Carolina, including On-Call Environmental Contractor and Approved Environmental Consultant. We have been providing environmental services throughout the Southeastern United States since 1991, especially South Carolina and North Carolina. Call us today to learn more about the environmental services we can provide for you.
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