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Selecting the Right Radon Gas System
One of the so called silent killers, radon can't be seen, heard, tasted, smelled or felt. It is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the general population. Both the Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend testing for radon and installing a radon gas system where high levels are present.
The good news is that a radon gas system will work. A radon gas system can reduce the presence of the harmful gas in a home by as much as 99 percent, and while the cost will vary depending on the size and design of the home, the fix can typically be had for about the same as the cost of the average home repair project.
Choosing a Radon Gas System
Several factors need to be taken into consideration when a contractor and homeowner meet to select a radon gas system.
• How high is the radon level?
• What is the size of the home in which the radar gas system will be installed?
• What type of foundation does the home have?
• What will it cost to install and operate the radon gas system?
Homes are generally categorized according to three basic foundation designs: basement, slab-on-grade or crawlspace. The foundation design will have the greatest impact on determining what type of radon gas system will work best.
Radon Gas System Options
In homes that have a basement or a slab-on-grade foundation, a radon gas system that pulls air from underneath the house and vents it outdoors is the most popular method for removing the gas. This technique can be performed either actively or passively.
An active system draws the radon out through the use of a vent fan that is attached to pipes that run beneath the foundation. It is generally considered to be the most effective radon gas system.
A passive radon gas system, while similar to an active one, relies on natural variations in atmospheric pressure and air currents to draw the gas up from beneath the home.
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In homes that have a crawlspace, a high-density plastic sheet is used to cover the earth floor. A vent pipe is placed beneath the sheet, and a fan draws the gas up and out.
It is not uncommon, however, to have a basement under part of the home and to have a slab or crawlspace under the rest of the home. In these situations a combination of radon gas system techniques will be required to reduce radon to appropriate levels.
Supplementing the Radon Gas System
Sealing cracks that allow radon to seep up into the home and improving ventilation are among other techniques that can be used to increase effectiveness of a radon gas system. Importantly, they can be used with any type of foundation to supplement the primary radon gas system.
A qualified contractor will help you decide which radon gas system is right for your home. Just because radon can't be sensed doesn't mean it can be ignored. Installing the right radon gas system for your home is essential to the health and well being of you and your family.