Have you ever wondered what is involved with the installation of a radon mitigation system?
I think for many people in the real estate industry there is a belief that putting in a radon system is as simple as punching a hole in the floor, putting in a pipe and sticking a fan on it. For the rest of the general public, I’m not sure they even understand what radon itself is let alone if it’s a concern. If you are in the latter group, a great place to start is The Closing Guys PRO Show interview with Abe Mendez, The Radon Specialist. He answers all those questions and more. Click Here to check that out.
So what exactly is radon? Well to start, the basic description is that radon is an invisible, odorless gas that comes out of the ground. It is radioactive and the EPA attributes over 20,000 deaths annually to radon exposure. But radon can be found everywhere so why is it a concern in homes? Certain conditions contribute to the levels building up inside the house to unhealthy levels and the occupants are then exposed causing the health risk. Since radon is invisible and odorless, the occupants would not notice the exposure possibly until symptoms presented. The resolution to it becoming a health risk is simple. First is the most important step of identifying if there’s an elevated level in a house. If elevated levels are identified there is a easy resolution to correct the issue. Radon mitigation is the process of lowering the levels in those homes. This involves installing a system that evacuates the excessive radon gas from the inside to the outside of a home.
This amazing video provides an inside look that documents how a top professional approaches the entire process.
The first thing that must be done is diagnostics. The goal is to determine 2 things: 1) where is the radon coming from, where are the hot spots and 2) can air be moved freely under the concrete basement slab. This can become very in-depth as you will see in the video. This is a very critical step and having a top professional can make all the difference in this first step.
Next comes the process of sealing needs to be done. The radon system will access one or more points in the foundation by drilling a hole in the concrete and mechanically sucking the air out and evacuating it from the home. For this to be most effective, other air leaks, such as around the edges of the slab, must be sealed properly.
The testing also identifies the best location or locations to drill these holes. Different factors will affect that as different situations will require different solutions. The best experts will not only select a location that is most effect in lowered the radon levels, but will also make the system as invisible as possible on the exterior of the home, so that it blends in with the aesthetics as much as possible.
From this point, the right pipe size and fan must be selected. The piping may have to cross one or more foundation walls to get to the exterior of the home where the gas must be piped out above and past the roof line. This is an important detail as piping it near a window or door or not getting the pipe high enough may create a situation where the radon is actually sucked back into the home.
That’s just a summary of what you will see and learn from following Abe around during this installation. And I promise, by the end of the video, you will understand why radon mitigation is a science and an art. More importantly, you will see why you need the very best professional to install your system.
To learn more about The Radon Specialist, check out their video on our Experts Page.
You can find them online at www.radonspecialist.org