Radon isn’t exactly a criminal, but it is estimated to have been the cause of 20,000 deaths a year. Although radon is a gas, it is a convicted killer, it enters your home unexpectedly during the day or night, and like a thief it steals what is most precious: our lives.
Why would anyone want to live with radon? How could someone just allow it to fester inside a home?
Radon is sneaky, like a burglar, it will find the best way to enter your home without you knowing. So, just like a burglar stalks the home for an open window or unlocked door, radon does the same. In fact, radon is the scariest kind of burglar: it’s invisible, odorless, and tasteless. You will never know it’s there until you’re in the hospital.
How Radon Enters
Are you wondering how exactly radon can enter into your house, it’s easier than you might think. A new home is not automatically radon-proof. Although homeowners want to think that new is better, there is also a blinding effect of purchasing new items. It’s almost instinct for someone to assume that nothing could be wrong or go wrong with a brand new product. But, it happens.
Within our homes there are cracks, bumps, and bruises that contractors have attempted to cover up in one way or another. Unfortunately, radon will find a way.
Here are some of the ways radon can meander its way into your home:
• Pores and cracks in concrete
• Joints: floor-wall, mortar
• Openings in block walls
• Water from wells
• Spaces between walls and hollow foundation
How to Get Rid of the Unfriendly Guest
First of all it is important to note that not every home will have unhealthy amounts of radon gas. But, every homeowner needs to have his/her home tested because that’s the only way to detect radon.
Once a professional radon specialist has indicated that your home has unhealthy levels of radon and needs some mitigation, then it is time to understand the mitigation process.
Every home is different, which means the solution to each home’s radon problems will be unique to every home. The mitigation system will be customized to meet your home’s needs, and is dependent upon the foundation design– basement, crawl space or slab.
The actual mitigation procedures are not very complex, but they are necessary to ridding your home of its unhealthy radon level.
Depressurize Soil to Redirect the Radon
To reverse the stack effect, your radon specialist will depressurize your soil. Through the stack effect, radon gas is taken from the air in your basement and transported throughout the rest of your home. Your radon expert can redirect this air by suctioning the radon from the earth and transferring it through a PVC pipe. This pipe can go through or outside your home. The best way to get rid of the gas is by connecting the end of the pipe to an attic fan or the top of your home. This way, the pipe will be running from the basement to the outside of the top of your home.
All cracks or other problem areas will be sealed with a urethane caulking compound; this prevents radon from re-entering your home.
The best way to end such a project is by completing a checklist. This is simply done to make sure the system meets the US Environmental protection Agency Radon Mitigation Standards. All products that have been installed or labeled will be checked for accuracy and efficiency.