Deciding to place a radon mitigation system in your home is a smart choice. It’s a great step towards protecting the health of you and your family from radon gas exposure. However, after the system is installed, it’s still important to regularly inspect it to ensure it is in good working order.
4 Steps for Ensuring Your Radon Mitigation System Is Working
1. Do a Radon Test
The best way to know if your radon mitigation system is working is to check the radon levels in your home. You can do this by purchasing a DIY kit or by hiring a professional radon testing and removal company. The latter will provide you with a detailed report and will typically inspect your system while they are there.
If your radon levels are reported as low throughout your home, then you will have a good indication that your system is doing its job. However, if they come back high, you should contact the original installer or a similar professional to repair your system.
2. Check the System Monitor
Your radon mitigation system should have a monitor that indicates whether it is turned on and operating. Usually, this is a manometer (an instrument used to indicate the vacuum pressure inside the system), but in some instances, it might also be an indicator light or an audible alarm. Your system should come with manufacturer instructions on how to read it correctly.
3. Locate the Exhaust
When it is working correctly, your radon mitigation system’s vent should be at least 10 feet above the ground or in standing areas like decks and patios. If it is closer to a conditioned space, the vent should be 2 feet higher than any nearby windows or doors. However, it should never be near any mechanical intake device, such as an evaporative cooler, as it could prevent radon re-entrainment. Since radon levels are much higher towards the exhaust end of the pipe, you do not want them coming back into your home.
4. Ensure It Fits Your Home
The radon mitigation system installed at your home should be able to protect the full layout adequately. This means that if your home has a lot of square footage, a single pipe and fan may not be enough to protect every area of your house. A radon test should be performed throughout your home to see if your current system is up to the job.
Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer. If your home does not currently have a radon mitigation system in place to protect your family, contact All American Radon today at (888) 767-2366. In addition to installing these devices for homes throughout Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming, they also offer radon inspection and removal services. You can visit their website to learn more about their services.