Does radon mediation actually work? The short answer is yes. If you’re experiencing high radon levels in your home, don’t worry. First, call a company to perform a radon test on your property. If the testing indicates a high level of radon, still don’t panic. There are types of radon mediation that can reduce the radon levels in your home safely. Some radon mediation techniques are to stop the radon from entering the home and others to reduce the levels in the home. This article provides insight into the effectiveness of radon mitigation.
What is radon mediation?
A radon mediation is the removal of gasses by a professional radon company from your home by installing a radon mitigation system. The company starts its testing from the crawl spaces of your home, which generally have higher levels of gasses before migrating into the home. The mitigation involves installing equipment, such as a radon vent pipe or rando fan, to draw out radioactive gasses from your home interior to the exterior.
Radon mediation aims at reducing radon levels below 4.0 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). However, the mediation will be far below 4.0pCi/L and prevent the gasses from getting into the home.
There are two radon mediation processes – active and passive systems.
- An active radon mediation system is the most common system consisting of a fan to mitigate radon through a radon vent pipe installed in the attic.
- Passive radon mediation systems do not have a fan but only use a vent pipe for the same function.
Regardless of the system, they work the same
There are many ways to mitigate gas in your home. These systems are created to perform the same function making no one better. The type of radon mitigation system depends on your home. For example, homes with cement slabs or basements are installed with a suction system. However, a special filter is used if the system is installed with your water supply. The company will consider your home layout and entry points before installing a suitable system.
Radon mediation reduces gas levels in the home
These systems are designed to reduce more than 80% of radon levels in the home. You’re to mitigate with a radon system when the gasses are above 200 Becquerels per cubic meter. In essence, radon remediation reduces the games from 200 Bq/m³ to below 40. After mitigation, you may still encounter the gasses, but they are less harmful to your health.
Mitigation is a Long-Term Solution
Many homeowners open windows or turn on fans to mitigate the glass, but those are temporary solutions. The gasses may start again after a short while. The best practice is suction systems, sub-slab, or room pressurizers. Once you have done this, check your radon meter to ensure they are working.
Mediation effectiveness depends on proper installation
Using the right mitigation materials alone won’t work effectively unless properly installed. For example, if the vent pipe is incorrectly installed, it is as good as having no installation. In addition, if the foundation has cracks, it won’t stop radon from entering the home. In essence, contact a radon contractor to install the devices properly.
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