What is Radon?

As best described by the EPA, Radon is a Radioactive Gas that is invisible, has no color or odor or taste. It has been classified as a Class A carcinogen which after years of exposure may cause lung cancer. Because Radon is a heavy gas, it tends to collect in low levels of a structure such as a basement or crawl space. Radon is a soil gas and comes from the natural decay of Uranium sources in the Earth. When allowed to come into contact with a structure, over time it may produce elevated levels. The only way to know for sure if you have a problem is to test your home.

How does the Radon Gas get into your home?

Since Radon is a soil gas and most homes touch the soil, it provides an opportunity to build up in one’s home. The gas itself enters the home through stack effect, similar to the way a chimney works. As pressure increases, the gas can force its way in through cracks in walls and foundation, floor-wall joints, crawl space areas and more.

More Radon Information – 

Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas. According to the US EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and the leading cause among non-smokers.Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium and enters homes, schools and other buildings from the soil.Elevated indoor levels are found in every state in the US, and in every county in Illinois.

Radon is by far the greatest single source of radiation exposure to the general public.

radon_piechartHow do I remove the radon gas?

Radon reduction techniques will greatly reduce the levels of radon gas in your home or building. The IEMA recommends hiring a certified, licensed professional to handle the mitigation just as you would other licensed trade such as HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical etc. The most common type of mitigation in our area of the country is called Sub Slab Depressurization (SSD) and will not require major construction or renovation. Many times the work is complete in just one day.

What’s next?

Many property owners discover radon gas and then do nothing, often because they believe remediation won’t fit into their existing maintenance budget or because of fear or lack of knowledge. Guardian helps make sure you don’t have to risk the health and safety of your loved ones. We offer no-cost help with interpreting your radon-test results. We will also work with you to determine the best, most cost-effective way to safely solve your problem and improve your indoor air quality. Estimates are always FREE. ** While anyone offering remediation guarantees levels below 4.0 pci/l, we commit to the lowest levels possible by applying superior methods and quality materials. Guardian’s owner, Union-trained Christopher Bice, will oversee your project himself. As both a Professional Radon Mitigator and a licensed/bonded electrician, Bice offers blended skills that are vital to your safety and your long-term solution. Simply stated, a correctly installed system works exactly as it should and requires little maintenance. Our rehabilitation experience makes us proficient at remediation in varied foundation types, including crawlspaces, basements, and slabs-on-grade. Existing passive systems activation and system repair and maintenance work are also handled with ease.

Don’t be surprised by a radon problem when in your home.
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Some of the communities that we service for Radon Mitigation include Naperville, Aurora, Joliet, Oswego, Montgomery, Plainfield, Plano, Yorkville, Sugar Grove, Shorewood, Geneva, Downers Grove and Batavia. We service the counties of Dupage, Kendall, Kane and Will.

Special thanks to the US EPA, IEMA and University of Illinois Extension for providing some of this content.

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