Having an issue with radioactive radon gas in your home or office building? Have you decided that you can tackle the important job of radon reduction on your own? If you answered yes to either of these questions, and are interested in finding out more about do it yourself radon mitigation, than this blog post was written just for you. This blog post will talk about some basic radon remediation strategies that you can perform in your home. If the levels are too high, you may want to consider hiring the services of a professional radon remediation team, as they will have some tricks up their sleeve that might be a touch over your head. They also have decades of radon remediation experience that likely will top your own expertise. If you ever feel overwhelmed during the radon removal process, do not hesitate to contact SWAT Environmental, the Denver region’s premier professional radon remediation experts. Their decades of experience are sure to make your radon reduction process painless and effective.
First we will talk a little bit about the radon remediation process. Overall, the main source of radioactive radon gas is the ground. The breakdown of radioactive elements in the soil and rocks release radioactive radon gas which can then seep up into cracks in your homes foundation. The overall goal of the radon remediation process is to reduce the concentration of radioactive radon gas in the home. Some people assume that this process is simple and all you need to do is seal any large openings in the floor, and other areas where radon may be coming in. On their own, these simple steps will not eliminate the radon problem. When combined with other strategies, they can effectively decrease the concentration of the toxic gas in your home. While it may seem practically to completely seal off your floors, this can actually lead to increased moisture and possible problems with rotting in the future.
After sealing any large gaps, the next step is to install an active radon sump that has a fan. This is a type of device that is specifically designed to remove radioactive radon gas from your home. Basically all you have to do is drill or cut a small hole to fit the needed pipe that goes in an exterior wall just below floor level. A small amount of dirt is removed from the area around the hole, which is enough space to allow the fan to suck radon gas out of the underside of the slab. The inline fan is installed higher up in the exhaust pipe, and creates suction to pull air and radon out from under the house. The end of the exhaust pipe should be affixed to the exterior of the home, and should come out above the roof. Make sure that where the pipe exits the home is not near any doors or windows. This will ensure none of the dangerous radon gas enters back into the home. Best of luck with your radon remediation process!