Odorless, tasteless and radioactive radon gas accounts for an estimated 14,000 deaths each year, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. (after smoking). You can prevent radon leaks in homes you build with a proper radon mitigation system.
Radon is all around us, but usually in such low levels that there is little risk. However, if radon is allowed to concentrate undisturbed it can quickly rise to dangerous levels. And, during construction, when a home's basement or foundation punctures the soil, it acts like a vacuum offering an area of lesser pressure. Surrounding radon is then sucked into the home through any cracks or gaps in the foundation. Once inside the home, a tight building envelope will help concentrate gas levels, and the homeowner is then vulnerable to long-term exposure.
Radon Gas Mitigation
The best practice for radon gas mitigation is active subslab depressurization, which captures and contains the radon before it enters the living space, and then forces the gas out of the home.
Here are step-by-step tips on how to create an active subslab depressurization radon reduction system to remove radon from the home:
Builders often rely on simple caulking to seal a home's foundation, passive vent pipes and natural ventilation as radon reduction systems for the home. But these methods aren't as effective as an active subslab depressurization system.
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