Do You Have a Radon Problem?
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally. It is often found in homes, workplaces, and schools. This gas is one of the reasons why people get lung cancer. If you smoke regularly at home and your house contains radon, you have a high chance of suffering from lung cancer at an early age.
But there’s no need to panic if you opt for residential radon mitigation. This process helps to reduce radon concentrations from your house. According to the EPA in Idaho, the radon concentration level should be below 4 pCi/L. At Teton Radon Services, our experts can reduce it to less than 2 pCi/L.
Migating Radon From Residential Properties
The first step to reducing radon concentrations from your house is setting its foundation straight. The foundation is often the determining factor when it comes to choosing which mitigation system works best for your house. Our professional runs diagnostic tests to check the condition of the foundation. He will then use a fan to pull out some air from the soil underneath. This air consists of radon. If the concentrations are higher than 4 pCi/L, then the expert would continue to use the fan so that it sucks all the gas out.
Apart from vacuuming the gas from the foundation, the expert will also seal openings and cracks in the foundation. Sealing these areas limits the inflow of radon and makes the mitigation system efficient.
Common Residential Radon Mitigation Systems
There are three types of residential radon mitigation systems that we use:
- Sub-slab suction
This involves evacuating radon gas directly beneath your home’s foundation. A vent and fan on the other side of the pipe pulls the gas out.
- Drain tile suction
The pipe goes through the drain tile and penetrates the soil. It then pulls the gas out into sump baskets so that the radon doesn’t spread further.
This method is helpful in crawl spaces. The professional first spreads a plastic sheet that covers the exposed dust on the ground. He then seals this sheet to the foundation wall so that the gas won’t escape. Next, he penetrates the radon pipe through the plastic sheet. The pipe goes into the foundation soil and into the crawl space. It sucks out the gas and vents it outside.
This process is easier said than done. Different houses have different types of foundation, making it difficult for us to choose from the three methods mentioned above. There’s no one size fits all concept for radon mitigation. In most cases, we need to build custom mitigation systems depending on the dimensions and style of your home. Once we install the pipes, we will also color them so that they look like a part of your home.
Teton Radon Services is one of the leading companies offering both residential and commercial radon mitigation systems. We have NRPP-certified technicians who can investigate the foundation of your house before coming up with a radon mitigation system.
Call us at (208)520-8048 today for a free consultation regarding how to reduce radon concentrations from your home.