Radon Testing and Mitigation Systems from Building Inspection in Chicago

by | May 15, 2014 | Pest Control

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It’s hard to believe a place a family calls home could have anything in it that’s hazardous to your health. It’s a reality in some cases and it originates in the air. Radon is a word a family doesn’t want associated with their home. It’s a radioactive gas that can cause an array of health problems. The gas is not visible to the eye and has no scent or odor. Building Inspection in Chicago performs radon tests along with inspections to look for any other health and safety threats. Services are available to owners occupying homes and real estate agents placing homes on the market.

Radon can enter the home through pipes, cracks, water and any space that allows it to come through. Radon is linked to lung cancer and respiratory conditions. There are low levels of this gas in many buildings. The biggest concern is if the level of concentration is too high. The radon threshold level is 4.0. If it is at or above that level, it needs to be removed. Radon mitigation systems closely monitor concentration levels of the gas. These radon monitors give perpetual readings. The device records readings hourly. Mitigation systems are installed accordingly to the design of the home. Systems have a point where radon is ingested and removed from the air.

Building Inspection in Chicago has an apparatus that collects the gas as it’s being extracted from the air. Home’s with levels well above the limit might use a piping system. Inspectors find a location, usually in the basement, that will perform best. The system uses a vacuum action to pull radon out of the molecules in the air. The pipe contains the gas and exhausts it out of the home. Pipes have tools that show pressure levels for inspectors to monitor.

Thorough inspections for the most important attributes of homes is available. Home owners may want to schedule inspections for septic tanks, heating and cooling systems, insulation, power systems and roofs. There is a potential for serious problems to surface with these home utilities if functionality is never evaluated. Roof inspections, for instance, reveal issues with the materials that can only get worse without treatment. Inspectors can correct problems with heating and cooling systems in earlier stages. Full home inspections is a general preventative practice that can save a family from making large investments for extensive repairs.

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