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Radon is a natural, tasteless, odorless and colorless gas that’s a byproduct of the breakdown of uranium. The problem with radon is that it can cause lung cancer even in people who have never smoked. Radon can gather in foundations and infiltrate the first couple of floors of a building. Floors above the third floor are generally safe from radon.
Homeowners who believe they have a radon problem should have their home tested by Portland Oregon radon mitigation professionals. A homeowner can contact their state’s radon office to find competent radon mitigation professionals in Portland OR.
Radon is measured in pCi/L, or picocuries per liter. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that a homeowner seek radon mitigation in Portland Oregon if the amount of radon found in his or her home is over .4 pCi/L on average. An average of radon levels is taken because the levels of radon in a home can fluctuate from day to day or even hour to hour.
A Portland Oregon radon mitigation expert has technical and other skills that help him or her to effect radon mitigation in Portland OR properly. These professional radon mitigation experts in Portland Oregon need to be licensed, certified and able to meet the requirements of the state where the homeowner lives. Some states also require the radon mitigation expert in Portland Oregon to be registered. It’s up to the homeowner to ask the Portland OR radon mitigation professional about their credentials. The homeowner should treat the Portland Oregon radon mitigation professional as he or she would any other contractor who is going to perform a service in the home. This means that the homeowner will need to vet at least a few Portland Oregon radon mitigation professionals, ask them for references and put the job out for bid.
Among the questions that a homeowner should ask are:
• Can the radon mitigation professional in Portland Oregon tell the homeowner what the radon mitigation in Portland OR will involve and how long the job will take?
• Does the Portland Oregon radon mitigation professional charge a fee for tests? Sometimes these tests are necessary because they will determine what sort of radon mitigation system in Portland Oregon will need to be installed.
The Portland OR radon mitigation professional should also inspect the customer's house before he gives an estimate even if the estimate is free. The way the house is designed also determines what type of radon mitigation technique is used in Portland Oregon.
The homeowner should also insist on a written contract that details what sort of work will be done and the start and stop date of the job. The professional should also agree to obtain all necessary permits, should include a copy of his or her license and liability insurance and all liens and warranties. On the other hand, the homeowner will have the obligation to make sure that the Portland Oregon radon mitigation professional has access to the home during the job.
Radon mitigation in Portland OR can take several forms. The professional can use soil suction, which pulls the radon from the house and vents it to the outside through pipes. Cracks in the foundation can also be sealed. Sealing can be used in conjunction with other techniques and can make them more effective. The house or the rooms can be pressurized. A blowing fan pressurizes the lower floors and keeps radon from entering. An air-to-air heat exchanger can also raise the ventilation in the house. This also lowers the levels of radon.
These techniques can go a long way in reducing dangerous levels of radon in a home.
Radon Mitigation In Portland Oregon
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