Methods to Remove Radon Gas
What is a radon mitigation system?
A radon mitigation system is any system or steps designed to reduce radon concentrations in the indoor air of a building. The EPA recommends that you take action to reduce your home’s indoor radon levels if your radon test result is 4 pCi/L or higher.
What are the benefits of radon mitigation?
The primary benefit is reducing the risk of developing lung cancer. Standard radon reduction systems are usually effective within 24 hours of installation and maintain low levels as long as the fan is operating. This often provides more time to address the problem and find the most cost-effective solution. In addition, the current occupants — not just the buyer’s occupants — will reap the benefit of reduced risk.
What can be done to reduce radon in a home?
Your house type will affect the kind of radon reduction system that will work best. Houses are generally categorized according to their foundation design; for example, basement, slab-on-grade (concrete poured at ground level), or crawlspace (a shallow unfinished space under the first floor). Some houses have more than one foundation design feature. For instance, it is common to have a basement under part of the house and to have a slab-on-grade or crawlspace under the rest of the house. In these situations a combination of radon reduction techniques may be needed to reduce radon levels to below 4 pCi/L.
Different types of radon mitigation systems:
Dangerous radon gas is removed from below the concrete floor and the foundation before it can enter the house. Installation involved carefully drilling a small hole through the concrete and excavating dirt, fill or gravel to create a suction put under the slab. The radon is then vented outside with the use of a fan and PVC pipe.
This system involves digging down to expose an external drain, usually found near a footing for the house. Then PVC pipe is connected to the drain line and runs alongside the house vertically. A vent fan is also installed in the pipe to pull radon gas away from the foundation and vent it out above the roof level. A check valve is added to the end of the drain(s) that allows water to drain away from the house and no air to be pulled back into the drain pipe.
In a sump pump equipped home, we replace the current sump pump cap with a specially designed cap that allows for radon system integration. The PVC piping and fan are placed in the best location possible. Because each home is unique, the system ventilation route is determined by access. The goal is to provide the most aesthetically pleasing installation possible.
This is also sometimes referred to as a vapor barrier system. A plastic vapor barrier is installed to the foundation walls, creating an airtight membrane. The radon mitigation system of pipes and a fan is then tied directly to the soil underneath the membrane. This system creates a constant vacuum that continuously pulls the radon out of the soil and releases it through a vent that is above the roof of the house.
Pinebreeze is your metro, mountain and rural radon mitigation team.
All of our radon mitigation systems include:
- Post mitigation testing
- Post mitigation results report
- No distance/travel fees
- 10 year fan warranty
- Lifetime system warranty
Our basic system includes the use of PVC pipe for the vent stack on the exterior of the home. With an upgrade we use 3”x 4” downspout just like that of your home’s gutter system in place of the PVC pipe. This helps the system blend into the exterior of the home and is much more aesthetically pleasing.
With Colorado’s harsh elements, radon fans can take a beating. These fan covers protect the fans and can add years to the life of your system.
Radon Mitigation Systems are installed to pull radon from within the home and expel it outside of the residence. Our radon technicians are licensed to perform all radon services and comply with all of the radon gas industries recommended best practices. We do this not only to ensure the highest quality solutions are installed but also to ensure your families safety. Every radon mitigation system varies in design depending on the structure of your home and the design of its foundation. The existence of a basement, crawl space, or concrete slab all determine which mitigation system will be needed to correct the radon levels.
Once system is installed, a final system checklist is performed. Your Pinebreeze technicians are trained and certified to inspect the entire radon mitigation system after it has been installed to make sure it complies with industry standards. Proper system labeling and proper fan operation are checked, along with other key system details.
Pinebreeze Radon Mitigation can offer a variety of payment options for your convenience. We know that radon gas mitigation is not always a budgeted household expense, and we’ll work with you to make sure that you get the best value within your price options.
Don’t wait to make your home a healthier, safer environment! Call (719) 332-3747 or contact us today to receive a free radon consultation today! Or if you would like to test your home and want to schedule an appointment, click Schedule Testing. We serve Colorado Springs and all of the Southern Colorado Region.
Our level of expertise allows us to offer an unusual guarantee: in virtually all cases we promise that for the (competitive) price we quote for every installation you will receive a system that is guaranteed to work. Even if that means that we have to return to modify the system, or even add a second system. Every few hundred installations, specific soil conditions surprise even us and we have to change an installation. If this were to happen to your property, you will not face additional charges – this is where the guarantee comes in.