All homebuyers should be aware of the necessity of radon testing and mitigation. If you’re worried about radon, you may be relieved to know that there are plenty of effective ways to handle it.
No matter what method you use, odds are you are going to accompany it with sealing cracks. This is just a technique that reinforces the radon mitigation. When cracks form in your foundation, radon can slip through and begin to accumulate. Have those cracks sealed for an easy fix to radon accumulation.
Treating Water Upon Entry
Sometimes water is the culprit for bringing radon into the home. Often, this happens due to underground water sources. Radon mitigation focuses on treating water at the point of entry with a granular activated carbon filter. You may also use an aeration system.
Pressuring the House
To pressurize a house, you would have to blow a fan from the upstairs or from outdoors and to the lowest level of the house. Close all windows and doors on the lower level, and do your best to maintain a controlled temperature and dryness throughout the home. This method heavily relies on the layout of your home and the radon levels.
Using a Heat Recovery Ventilator
A heat recovery ventilator is also known as an air-to-air exchanger. The main takeaway from this method is that it uses ventilation to reduce levels in your home. Heat recovery ventilators are often put in the basement, where proper balance allows them to reduce the radon levels in your home.
Using Passive and Active Methods
There are two mitigation systems. One is a passive system, where pipes lead outside the home beneath the rock and soil. The other is an active system, where the pipes are connected to active suction systems. Suction systems are common mitigation methods when it comes to reducing radon levels in homes with basements or slab foundations.
If a radon test turns out positive, you don’t have to worry! There are plenty of effective methods.