Radon Measurement & Mitigation
Radon awareness has become very prominent lately, and for good reason. Through a radon measurement device air within the home can be tested for this hazardous gas; and a radon mitigation system maximizes to reduce the radon from the air inside the home.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. This naturally occurring gas which cannot be seen or smelled, enters through buildings from rocks, soil and water below the home. The home becomes like a giant vacuum cleaner, sucking soil gases out of the ground and entering through basements, crawl spaces, cracks within the foundation, and infiltrating small areas around pipes.
However, there are several proven methods to reduce radon within the home. Besides the sealing of foundation cracks and openings, a primary mitigation system that is often used involves a vent pipe system and fan, which pulls the radon from beneath the home and vents it to the outside. Most mitigation systems do not involve major changes to the home, although the proper system depends on the design of the home.
If you’d like to learn more about the key fundamentals in understanding what and why radon is so unhealthy, please visit our Radon Common Questions page.
EcoTech is proud to be a member of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST). Through these organizations, we are dedicated to keeping our technicians up-to-date with continued education, to promote a healthful environment for our clients.
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Radon Measurement & Mitigation – Installation of the radon fan.
Radon Measurement & Mitigation – Discharge pipe installation and the positioning of the exhaust fan at the roof.
Radon Measurement & Mitigation – Final installation of a radon mitigation system.
In light of the risks associated with radon exposure, you may want to test your home with a long term radon measurement device. Or, if you are currently involved in a real estate transaction you’ll want to test the new home with a short-term test. Presented with either scenario, EcoTech provides our clients with rapid laboratory results and recommendations tailored to your timeline and budget.
A long-term radon measurement involves the normal coming and goings from a home, this is ideal for a full time residence, as it takes into account normal fluctuations of weather, open windows and doors, and radon levels from within the home.
A short-term radon test which is typically used during real estate transactions, is placed in the lowest living portion of the home. This measurement device runs for 48 hours under “closed house conditions”, meaning that all windows and doors must remain shut, allowing for normal comings and goings from the home.
Testing is the only true way to determine if you have radon within the home, please see our Radon Measurement Common Questions page for more information.
Radon Measurement Devices – AccuStar and KeyRadKit, these kits are used by homeowners to test their homes for radon gases. These devices can be used for short-term or long-term testing.
A radon measurement has been performed and the test reveals that there are high radon levels within the home. But what are the levels that you need to be concerned about and what are the next steps? Radon levels that are cause for concern are 4.0 pCi/L or above, and in order to bring the levels below 4.0 pCi/L, a radon mitigation system would need to be installed.
When designing a mitigation system for a home, EcoTech addresses reducing the radon levels, while placing the same equal attention to the home itself. Through sealing of cracks in the foundation, high density plastic over crawl space floors and an installation of a fan; creates a vacuum beneath the home that diverts the gas out and above the roofline.
The aesthetics and tastes of the homeowner are emphasized and equally important. By matching the discharge or PVC pipe to the existing color of the home and trim allows the system to blend in easier. The location of the fan is relevant as well, you may not want a fan placed next to a bedroom window. Finally, a system that keeps energy costs low. If a system is installed incorrectly, it could cause the loss of heated or air conditioned air, which increases utility bills.
When you are looking to have a radon mitigation system within your home, homework is key. Please visit our Radon Mitigation Systems page, this has guidance on how to pick a qualified contractor and what to look for within their contract and what to expect once the system has been installed.
Radon Mitigation – Close-up of brown fan and downspout to incorporate the look of the home.
Radon Mitigation – 3 inch PVC fan with a box, that has been painted to match the homes color.