Radon mitigation is a very specialized trade and requires expert level installation. Many home owners who have a radon mitigation system installed have no idea on how it works or if it was installed correctly.
There are several general steps involved in mitigating radon and some unique considerations alongside those steps.
The only way to know whether your home has a high level of radon is to test for it. This is a simple process where a company will come and set up a small monitor on the lowest habitable level of the home. There are short and long-term testing options available.
Most radon seeps up from the soil through the cracks in the foundation, the crawl space or walls. If needed, the radon specialists can install an active soil depressurization system that suctions radon away and blows it out through a specially designed fan. This is the standard radon mitigation process used when homes come back with higher levels of radon.
Some homes are exposed to radon through the water supply. A simple water sample can be taken from one of your water pipes. It will then be tested in a chemical lab and an aeration system can be installed if necessary.
Once the radon removal solution has been installed, another radon test will begin to ensure radon levels are safe within the home.
The National Radon Safety Board recommends having your home tested every two years for levels of radon. This frequency is because the soil below your home changes over time, especially with the amount of pollution in today’s world. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking, so it is rather important one takes care of the radon level in their home.