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Radon Mitigation System Lincoln NE: Reduce the Risk of Radon

How Does a Radon Mitigation System Work?

Radon mitigation systems work underneath your home foundation creating a vacuum underneath your house pulling the soil gases, including radon, safely out of the home. Essentially radon is produced by radioactive metals decaying in rocks and soil underneath our earth’s surface. This becomes a concerning matter when it leaks up into our homes where it’s at higher concentrated levels that can be harmful. As with many gases it’s travel is that of least resistance. Installing a radon mitigation system provides a path for the gases to travel containing and diverting the gases away from your living space.

Is Radon Mitigation Common in Lincoln NE?

Radon is not new, however the elevated radon levels in homes were not recognized until the mid-1980s when studies found high radon levels in Pennsylvania homes. Since then additional studies, reporting and information about Radon, including its commonality and health concerns, has been shared. Radon mitigation is very common, especially in Lincoln NE. New homes are now built with passive mitigation system included and most real estate transactions include radon testing.

Does My Home Need Radon Mitigation?

The only way to truly know if your home needs a radon mitigation system is to have it tested. Test can take anywhere from 2-7 days to complete. The EPA recommends home’s have a mitigation system installed when tested radon levels are 4 pCi/L or higher. It is also recommended to consider mitigation for homes with tested levels over 2 pCi/L.

My Home Had a Radon Mitigation System Installed When It Was Built

It’s always best to fully understand the type of radon mitigation system that is installed in your home. Some home may have a powered radon systems, however the minimum code minimum in Lincoln NE requires a passive mitigation system. Passive systems have all the venting installed, however there is no powered fan installed on the system. This type of system often eliminates the vacuum effect, creating a pressure barrier to radon’s entry. For some homes a passive system isn’t enough to prevent dangerous levels of radon to enter the home, in these cases a powered fan should be added to the system.

Radon Mitigation Process: What to Expect

How Long Does It Take to Install a Radon Mitigation System?

Every home is different which can alter the potential time needed to install a mitigation system. Sump pump systems, crawl spaces and locations of footings will all play a part in how a mitigation can efficiently reduce the measured radon levels in a home. Many homes are able to be mitigated in one day, however a free estimate will allow our team to determine the best process and gauge how much time will be needed to complete the installation.

Radon Mitigation System Installation Lincoln NE | Licensed Radon Contractor Lincoln NEHow is the Radon Mitigation System Installed?

As noted above the installation of a radon mitigation system depends on the various attributes of your home. Crawl space mitigation projects include sealing the crawl space during the installation. Homes with sump pumps already have a pit for the mitigation system to draft from. What will need to be determined is how the venting will be routed out of the home from there.

Homes without a sump pump system in their basement will need to have a pit made under the slab for the radon to be efficiently drafted by the mitigation system fan. Some homes may require multiple draft points either due to size of the home or locations of footings. The location of the vent must be determined upon looking at the home. Things like joist direction and location of open joist space will be considered to determine possible routing.

How Much Difference Does a Radon Mitigation System Make?

Post installation all homes must be retested to determine that the mitigation system has successfully reduced the measured radon levels below the required 4 pCi/L or below the original radon measurement. Every home is different and the soil content under each home is different from one to the next. Air will flow differently depending on the soil content below the slab. Sandy soils will draft better than clay and rocky soils.

Do Radon Mitigation Systems Need to be Maintained?

Radon Mitigation Lincoln NE | Lincoln NE Radon contractorRadon mitigation systems require little to no maintenance to the system itself. Outside of the van there are no mechanical parts that can fail. Checking the installed U-tube device installed on the stack of the mitigation system will show functionality of the system.

How to Know the Radon Mitigation System is Working

To ensure your mitigation system is working homeowners should check the U-tube monthly. The U-tube is used as a visual to show that the fan is operating and a vacuum is present, it does not determine the radon level in your home. Every 2 years your home should be retested to verify the radon mitigation system to determine full function and its ability to continue to keep your radon levels below 4 pCi/L.

The Long-term value of investing in radon mitigation

Although a radon mitigation system is an investment, but some things are worth the investment. Drastically reducing the radon levels in your home to protect the health and safety of you and your loved ones is of most importance.

Resale and requirements of Radon with Home Sales

Nearly all home’s either built or sold in the Lincoln NE area are tested and mitigated should the measured levels be of harmful concentrations. If you were to sell your home it would be something that potential buyers will look to have. Why not have a mitigation system installed and improve the air quality while you are living in the home?

The installation of a radon mitigation system is important to reduce the risks of living with silent and dangerous gas. Once the system has been installed there is little maintenance required other than retesting the system every two years. Does your home need a radon mitigation system installed? Call us today or complete our online form to request a free estimate.