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HOW DO I FIX MY HOME
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How Do I Fix My Home?
All Homes Can be Fixed!
Reliable techniques exist for reducing radon levels in homes. Radon mitigation systems have developed to the point that virtually any home can be fixed by a trained and preferably certified radon mitigation company. One out of 15 (6%) homes nationally may have elevated indoor radon levels that should be lower.
What can be done to reduce radon in a home?
Your home dictates the kind of radon reduction system that will work best. Houses are generally categorized according to their foundation design. For example: basement, slab-on-grade (concrete poured at ground level), or crawlspace (a shallow unfinished space under the first floor). Some houses have more than one foundation design feature. For instance, it is common to have a basement under part of the house and to have a slab-on-grade or crawlspace under the rest of the house. In these situations, a combination of radon reduction techniques may be needed to reduce radon levels to below 4 pCi/L.
There are several methods that a contractor can use to lower radon levels in your home. Some techniques prevent radon from entering your home while others reduce radon levels after it has entered. The EPA generally recommends methods that prevent the entry of radon.
Your home was tested for radon and confirmed elevated levels now what?
If you have tested your home for radon and confirmed that you have elevated radon levels, 4 picocuries per liter in air (pCi/L) or higher:
- Select a qualified and certified radon mitigation contractor to reduce the radon levels in your home.
- Determine an appropriate radon reduction method.
- Maintain your radon reduction system.
How much can a radon mitigation system cost?
Radon reduction systems work. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99 percent. Most homes fixed for about the same cost as other common home repairs averaging between $1,000 to $2,000. Your costs may vary depending on the size and design of your home and which radon reduction methods are needed.
Why must radon be vented into the air above my home’s roof?
Radon gas is approximately 7.5 times heavier than air. It is, however, a noble gas with no chemical affinity but is easily influenced by air movements and pressure. In a house with forced air heating and cooling, radon gas can easily be distributed throughout the entire dwelling. When radon gas is discharged via a radon mitigation system above the roof, the radon concentration falls off dramatically with distance from the point of discharge.
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