Can you Install a Radon Mitigation System in a Finished Basement?
If you just had your home tested for Radon Gas and found out that you need a Radon Mitigation System installed because of the high concentration levels, your main concern may be whether or not that is possible due to your basement being finished.
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Table of Contents
- Installation Options
- Aesthetically Pleasing Option
- Finding the Initial Access Point
- What is an Elevated Level of Radon?
- Contact a Licensed Mitigation Specialist
- Schedule a Free Radon Mitigation Quote
Many homeowners with a finished basement are concerned about the mitigation process, and although some of the options as to where the system can be installed may be limited, it is still very possible to install a mitigation system in a finished basement.
There is often various ways for a mitigation system to be installed. As mentioned, having a finished basement can make these options a bit more limited, but a licensed mitigation professional should be able to provide you with an option that is both economical and aesthetically pleasing.
When determining where the system is going to be installed, it's important for the technician to complete a thorough inspection of the home. They will need to access all areas of the basement, along with the garage and attic areas.
The most aesthetically pleasing option for homeowners will be running the piping from a mechanical room in the basement up to the attic. If this option is not accessible, it may be possible to run the pipe from the mechanical room, through the garage and into the attic. With this option the piping would only been seen going up the inside wall of the garage.
Now, in order for either of these internal options to work, your home needs to have a mechanical room, attic, and attached garage. Not every home has these features.
In the case that neither of these options are possible, it is most likely that the specialist will recommend and exterior radon system. The idea is to still have the main access point in a mechanical room, storage area, or closet and then run the pipe along the exterior of the home with the fan placed right up against the outside of the home.
The technician will try their best to make sure the fan is towards the back of the house, however, the initial access point in the basement will determine where the pipe and fan need to exit the home.
When finding the initial access point, the majority of home owners with finished basements will have a small area, usually a utility area, where there is no carpet. This is going to be the best access point for the system, and no carpet will need to be removed or drilled into. Another benefit of using a utility area is that they are most often enclosed or in an area of the basement that nobody frequents.
If there is more than one way to install the system, the specialist will ask about your preferences and do their best to make sure you're completely satisfied with the entry and exit points of the system.
What is an "elevated" level of Radon?
If you're wondering whether or not your home needs a radon mitigation system, you may also be wondering what constitutes as an "elevated" radon level?
It is recommended by The Environmental Protection Agency that radon gas be mitigated from a home when the levels reach 4.0 pCi/L or more.
This is the level the EPA has determined as "dangerous" for the occupants of the home to breathing in on a daily basis. This level is recognized during any Real Estate Transaction, as the action level for those trying to sell their home.
Contact a Licensed Mitigation Specialist
If your home contains elevated levels of Radon Gas, you need to contact a licensed Radon Mitigation specialist to install your removal system.
Radon Eliminator has a team of licensed testing and mitigation specialists who will make sure your system is installed properly.
Once you know there are high concentration levels of Radon gas in side your home, it's important not to put off the installation process.
When you contact Radon Eliminator, we will send someone to inspect your home and find out the best way to install your system. Since there are various installation options and everyone's home is a different size, there is not a standard price for installation.
Once the specialist has inspected your home, they will be able to provide you with an accurate price before beginning any work.
Our technicians also offer the option of providing an over-the-phone quote if you do not have the time to meet with them at your house. If you are able to provided the information they need, they can in turn provide you with a price quote for installation.
If you're ready to rid your home of this cancer-causing gas, click the link below to speak with one of our Licensed Radon Mitigation Specialists today.