Radon is a radioactive gas that is completely devoid of both color and odor, and it forms naturally from the breakdown of uranium and other radioactive elements that are commonly found in soil and rocks. This gas is quite dangerous in high concentrations, and it often contaminates the air, underground water and surface water. Unfortunately, radon gas may also be present inside of homes, and the American Cancer Society reports that exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America with some 20,000 deaths attributed to it each year.
While most people associate the presence of radon with older homes, it’s actually quite common in new homes as well. Fortunately, here at Dayton’s Pest Control, we’ve been protecting Tennessee homeowners from radon gas for more than 30 years. These are the most common services that we regularly provide to those who are building new homes in Knoxville, Maryville, Oak Ridge and the surrounding area.
Radon Testing and Inspection
We fully understand the dangers of radon, so we only send out our certified radon gas measurement specialists to inspect the building site of your new home and determine the levels of radon on the property. We use a special device that continuously monitors the presence of radon, and it’s checked for results after a full 48 hours of monitoring. We’ll explain the results to you right away and provide you with options for moving forward.
The good news is that we can reduce radon exposure to minimal levels by using proven mitigation techniques, and it’s actually easier to protect new homes because builders can incorporate a few special details into the construction that make your new home resistant to radon. We’ll work closely with your builder to install either a passive or active radon mitigation system that greatly improves the safety of your new home.
Benefits of a Passive Radon Mitigation System
- It’s less expensive than radon mitigation in existing homes.
- Shorter pipe runs may be utilized, and this promotes better air flow.
- A proper gravel base can be installed before the concrete slab is poured, and this also improves air flow.
- You can avoid the sight of ugly piping because interior pipe runs can easily be hidden away in closets or other enclosed areas.
Benefits of an Active Radon Mitigation System
- An active system is even less expensive than a passive system because it requires less gravel and poly sheeting.
- This type of system is generally considered much more effective than the passive system.
- An active system drys out the basement, and this helps remove any musty smells.
Professional Help is Available
There’s no need to wonder and worry about the presence of radon when you’re building your new home, and we’ll be happy to sit down with you and explain exactly how our passive and active radon mitigation systems work to protect your family. Contact us here at Dayton’s Pest Control at 865-622-8001, and we’ll get right to work ensuring that your new home is safe from dangerous radon gas.