When to Get Your Radon System Checked
Making sure your radon system is functioning properly is integral to maintaining your family’s health. If you have a radon system installed but it’s not doing its job, radon levels in your home could be elevated (4 pCi/L or higher).
Let’s explore some signs to watch out for that might indicate if your radon system isn’t working correctly. Contact a radon professional to check your radon system.
1. Check the System Monitor
Radon standards require that every radon mitigation system have a monitor that will tell you if the system is not operating (no air is flowing through the system pipe). If you do not have one, or can’t find it, contact the system installer or another radon professional. The most common system monitoring device is a U-tube manometer with an accompanying label explaining how to read the gauge; other monitors provide an indicator light or an audible alarm or both. These devices do not measure radon levels.
2. Do a Radon Test
The only way to determine whether your radon system is reducing the radon level in your home is to test. The EPA recommends that you perform a radon test every two years. If radon levels remain low, then you know your radon mitigation system is doing its job. When the radon test result is above 4 pCi/L, contact a professional radon contractor to evaluate the system.
We are deep into spring, but any season is the right time to ensure your home has clean indoor air, free from unhealthy levels of moisture, radon and other pollutants. A properly operating radon mitigation system can reduce not only radon but also moisture, other harmful soil gases.