Safety is a very important factor to choosing a place to live in. When one thinks about home safety you might think about how secure the neighborhood is, but what many people overlook is the design and build of the home and how it can keep the residents safe. One of the important safety features that need to be considered is how well a home functions in Radon Mitigation. The process of radon mitigation helps remove radon gas that has built up inside the house which can have negative effects on one’s health particularly in the lungs.
Many homes in the country are situated in areas which are prone to radon gas. The source of this gas is in the decomposition of radioactive material deep underground. The radon gas then starts to make its way up to the surface where it eventually dissipates into the outside air. However, radon gas can also find its way into homes through the cracks and crevices where it builds up and becomes a hazard. In situations like these one should take the proper measurements to lower the radon levels. Today, we are going to take a look at how you can mitigate radon in your home through six processes.
1.) Subslab depressurization – Also known as active subslab suction, this process is the most popular way of radon mitigation due to it being considered much more dependable. As its name suggest, this process relies in the pressure along with the system’s fans installed in the ground allowing the radon gas to be vented out through the installed pipes.
2.) Subslab suction (passive) – The passive counterpart of subslab depressurization, this process also relies on pressure underground only instead of using installed fans, it makes use of the natural airflow meaning that this process of Radon Mitigation consumes little to no energy while sacrificing its efficiency in reducing the levels of radon.
3.) Drain-tile suction – This process of mitigating radon focuses more on removing water buildup underneath the structure of the house considering that radon gas can also be dissolves in the water. This approach is viable for homes that have drain tiles or pipes (perforated).
4.) Block-wall suction – In homes that have foundations which are made from hollow blocks, this would be a viable option for mitigating the radon. The system depressurizes the hollow block walls while the radon is being vented out. Usually block-wall suction is used along with either active or passive subslab suction.
5.) Sump-hole suction – The process of sump-hole suction puts together the elements of both drain-tile suction and subslab (active or passive) suction. This process makes use of the sump pump which is usually found in the basements of houses. Unwanted water is removed by simply capping the sump pump helping reduce radon.
6.) Crawlspace ventilation – In houses that have crawlspaces this is the most viable option especially considering the crawlspaces are more susceptible to radon intrusion. The crawlspace is secured with a barrier and a Radon Mitigation system (subslab) is installed to remove the gas.