Removing Radon Gas from your Home


Radon gas is actually is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas which is normally fragrance-free and flavorless emitted from uranium that decays in the soil within your house. It is capable of entering your house via any openings found in the foundation of your house. If you want to check the level of radon gas inside your house, you need to install a Radon Reduction System because it is not good for you to inhale the radon gas as you might end up having lung cancer. The minimum level of radon should not exceed more than 2 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) as per the minimum requirement made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By using the system you would be able to reduce up to 99 percent of the radon gas levels inside your home and it is also inexpensive depending on the size of your house. Radon gas commonly comes from your house foundation as well as basements. Below are some tips that you can learn in order to get rid of radon gas.

To get rid of radon gas, you need:

  • Radon testing kits
  • Sealing and Ventilation
  • Patching materials
  • Sealants
  • An energy recovery ventilator (ERV)
  • Depressurization
  • Pressurization
  • Drill
  • Suction pipes
  • Hire a professional radon mitigation professional

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  • The first thing that you need to do is to test whether there are any radon gas within your house by using radon gas testing kits.
    • If you do not know how to do the testing, you can hire a professional contractor who is expert in radon alleviation to do the testing for you.
  • The next thing that you need to do is to patch any cracks on your floor and walls of your basement.
    • Any cracks in this area or even junctions that have pipes will allow the radon gas to enter your house through it.
    • By patching up the cracks, you would be able to reduce any influx of radon.
    • This is not a permanent solution as over time there will be more cracks to crop up in your house. Therefore, you need to always check this area for any new cracks in future.
  • Apart from that, you can also apply waterproof sealant onto your interior walls for your basement which can help reduce the entry of radon gas.
  • Another technique to use is to frequently ventilate the basement whenever you are using the area.
    • This is to reduce the concentration of radon gas especially by opening the doors or windows.
    • This method really depends on the design of your basement because if you could ventilate the area properly you will create more stress on the heating and cooling systems of the room.
  • One of the most common method and effective way for reducing radon gas is by using the “subslab depressurization system”.
    • It is a system that uses PVC piping and a small fan where the piping needs to be installed beneath your basement floor and run to the roof.
    • The pipe that you installed in the basement should submerge beneath your basement slab and sealed while the pipe which is above the eaves of your home need to be equipped with a small exhaust fan.
    • The fan is use as suction for removing the radon gas and in the end vents it into the outside area of your house.
  • You can also cooperate with radon reduction contractor in order to get the most suitable solution for your home.
    • As for older houses, it can also be equipped with active pressurization and ventilation systems in order to prevent any entrance of radon gas.
    • A radon reduction contractor who has experience in removing radon gas and prevention would be able to assist or provide you with suitable method for achieving a radon-free house.
  • Another method is to use a radon barrier which is a layer of thick plastic for covering any crawling area within your house. The barrier is use for blocking the radon levels that attempts to rise from beneath the ground.

The radon plastic barrier can be simply purchased from any of your nearby hardware store. It is normally made of polyethylene having at least 10 mil thicknesses.

  • You can also create an exterior radon mitigation system which is an air system device that comes with ventilators that would be able to draw out any radon gas coming from your basements.
    • This device will help release the radon to the outside area of your house.
    • In order to use this method you need to seek advice from professional radon consultant.

    Always remember that whenever you want to remove radon gas from your house

    • If you have a radon gas detector, make sure it is fully functional to be use for the testing.
    • If ever you stumble across any increase of radon gas level in your house, you should take extra measures by consulting a professional especially if the level is more than 4 pCi/L or higher (if you are testing it for more than 48-hour).
    • Make sure that you do the testing for radon gas levels every 2 or 3 years after you have done it the first time. In addition, if your ground is made of loose soil, it is wise to do the checking as per recommended. This is because radon gas travels a lot faster than clay soil.

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