What is Radon Mitigation?
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is caused by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is dangerous because you cannot see, taste, or smell it. Although it can be found at elevated levels in all 50 states, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment explains that Colorado is considered to be a Red State with “high radon potential.” This means that radon gas has a higher chance of entering your home and putting your health at risk.
Radon enters your home through cracks and other holes in your foundation and according to the EPA, testing is the only way to know what levels are occurring in your home, office or building. The EPA also recommends that if your radon levels are 4 Pico curries per liter (pCi/L) or higher, you should take action, through mitigation, to reduce your levels.
Radon mitigation is the process of reducing the amount of radon in a building. Therefore, after tested your home, office, or building, and if your levels are elevated, you should then have a mitigation system installed in order to reduce those levels. The good news is that with our help, it is an easy problem to fix, and with a proper mitigation system, the levels in your building can be greatly reduced.
What is a Radon Mitigation System?
There are multiple different types of mitigation systems, all of which are focused on reducing the levels of radon in your home. The type of mitigation system you choose will be based on the structure and set up of your home. Before installation, we will be sure to discuss the best way to reduce your indoor radon levels. Based on our expertise after installing hundreds of systems, will help you make an informed decision on the best mitigation system to choose. The most common mitigation procedures used are these:
· Sub-Slab Depressurization: The installation of this mitigation system involves drilling into the foundation and running heavy duty PVC pipe up and out of the home. An integrated continuous fan is then attached to the system in order to move the radon out of your home. To ensure the efficiency of this mitigation system, we then seal cracks and other openings to make sure radon is not entering the home through those openings.
· Sub-Membrane Depressurization: This method is often used in homes that have both a basement and a crawlspace. Essentially this method involves covering your crawlspace in addition to installing a mitigation system. We start by covering and sealing your crawlspace with a plastic sheet. Similar to the sub-slab depressurization, a PVC pipe is run from under the plastic, up and out of the house. A fan is then attached to pull the radon gas out of your home. Another benefit of this method is that the plastic covering can help prevent mold, odors, and a rise in energy costs.
· Sump Pump Depressurization: This is used if your home already has a sump pit in place, complete with a drainage-tile system under the basement floor, which is designed to channel water to the pit. The benefit of this is that your sump pit can also be used to install a mitigation system, and prevents the need to drill another hole in the foundation floor. Essentially this system works the same way a Sub-Slab Depressurization does, using a PVC pipe and fan to draw the radon up and out of your home. The difference with this is that we are using the sump pit and drain tile that are already in place to achieve a vacuum under the entire slab.
There are a few other mitigation services we offer that can help with the reduction of radon levels in your home, if you already have a mitigation system in place, or are having problems with the products you already have.
· Fan Replacement: At Radon Relief we pride ourselves on using the highest quality products, but not all mitigation contractors do so. If you find yourself in need of a fan replacement, we would be happy to help replace the fan for you. We use industry-leading fans manufactured by Radon Away and Fantech, both of which have a 5-year warranty.
· Sealing Foundation Cracks, Slab Penetrations, and Expansion Joints: Cracks, Slab Penetrations, and Expansion Joints allow radon to seep into buildings and are therefore one of the main contributors to high radon levels. We use a high quality polyseal to prevent this seepage from occurring.
· Crawl Space Encapsulation: If you have a crawl space, that is likely where radon gas is entering your home. To prevent this, we use a heavy-duty polyethylene barrier to completely cover your crawl space, usually including your floors, foundation walls, and sometimes even the ceiling. This water vapor barrier is most effective when it completely covers your crawl space, and sealing tape is used to connect the barrier pieces throughout the area.
Radon Mitigation Cost
We pride ourselves on using only the highest quality products for our mitigation systems. We also guarantee all of our products and services. That being said, the cost of mitigation systems can vary, and we want to make sure you are getting the best products and services for your budget. We are determined to do our part in reducing the levels of radon in people’s homes and buildings. Our main concerns are your health and your satisfaction with our services. So please give us a call or send us an email so we can discuss how we can help you to reduce the levels of radon in your home.