Why Do I Need a Professional to Mitigate Radon?
If you’ve recently discovered radon levels at 4pCi/L or higher in your home, it’s time to hire a professional radon mitigator.
What is a Radon Mitigation System?
Simply put, a radon mitigation system significantly reduces radon levels in the air of a building or home.
Avoiding DIY Radon Mitigation
When it comes to radon mitigation, it is helpful to understand the various mitigation techniques. It’s highly recommended to hire a qualified radon contractor, as they have the necessary professional training and knowledge to install a radon system properly and to choose the correct remediation method for your home.
Active Soil Depressurization (ASD) is the recommended and most commonly used method. This method includes sealing, one or more suction (or draw) points, PVC pipe and a specialized radon fan, ASD acts like a vacuum, drawing air from beneath the slab and venting it safely above the roofline.
ASD is used when soil is exposed in the crawl space and is covered with a specialized plastic (vapor barrier). The plastic is sealed to the perimeter walls and a tee is used to connect to the pipe of the ASD system. While the fan is attached and running, air and gases are drawn from underneath the plastic barrier.
Air Exchangers are not manufactured for radon reduction and are typically used only when homes have unusual structural conditions that would interfere with the effectiveness of the preferred ASD mitigation method. Air exchangers have two fans – one which blows air into the house and one that blows air out of the house. There are two types of air exchangers, heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) for use in colder climates and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs), used in warmer, more humid climates. Both types use more energy than ASD systems.
Each process requires installation by a knowledgeable, qualified professional. If not done properly, you might still have high levels of radon in your home.
Hiring a Professional Radon Contractor
Installing a radon mitigation system to properly remove radioactive radon from your home requires knowledge and skill. Often times, homeowners will attempt to perform radon reduction, but it is a task best left to a trained professional. Hiring an experienced, qualified professional radon contractor ensures that the job is done correctly and your family is safe from the harmful effects of radon exposure.
Trained radon contractors understand the consequences of living with elevated levels of radon and can assess the situation correctly. They can also identify areas in the home where radon could potentially be entering and address those issues..
RadonAway Find A Pro qualified radon contractors are certified and insured, so by choosing one to remediate your home, you can have peace of mind. Fill out our Find a Radon Professional form for a qualified radon contractor in your area.