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What Can I Do To Reduce The Risk Of Radon When Building A New Home?

May 22, 2018 10:58:47 AM

If you are in the process of building a new home, you may be concerned about radon gas and how it will affect your new construction home. 

And rightly so, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and it can be found in nearly every Ohio home. 

Curious about why Ohio has such high radon levels? Read our blog post "Why Does Ohio Have Such a Big Radon Problem?" here!

Reduce the Risk of Radon when Building a New Home

With that being said, not every home will have levels that are high enough to cause concern, but the problem is, you will not know the extent of the problem until you have the home tested. 

When you are building a new home, you will have a few options to reduce the risk of radon in your new construction home. 

Two common threats to your families health are Radon and Asbestos. Which is worse? Read our blog post “Radon Vs. Asbestos” here.

Table of Contents 

  1. Passive Radon Installation
  2. What to do Next
  3. Contact a Radon Testing Company
  4. Schedule a Discounted Test 
Passive Radon Installation 

Your first option would be to have a Passive Radon System installed during the construction. 

There are a few things about passive radon systems that you should be made aware of:

1. Passive systems only work well if the radon levels are low, to begin with. They do not always work to bring the levels below the EPA recommended 4.0 if the concentration levels start out high. 

2. If the construction crew who installs the passive system are not licensed, they may not install the system up-to-code. This would present a problem if you find out later that your passive system needs to be converted into an active system

3. When a passive system is installed, that does not mean that the radon levels have been tested, it is merely a precaution that can be taken up-front, but does not mean that you shouldn't have the home tested for radon once the construction is complete. 

What to do Next 

If you do have a passive system installed during the construction of your home, you should have the home tested for radon once the building process is complete. 

This will give you an accurate picture of what the levels of radon are in your home even with the passive system installed. Now in some cases, the passive system will be enough to reduce the radon levels so you won't need to do anything further. 

However, if your test comes back with elevated radon levels, your passive system will need to be converted into an active system to reduce the levels further. 

You will want to hire a licensed radon mitigation company to complete the installation for you. They will examine your current passive system and decide if it is located optimally. If so, they will add a radon ventilation fan onto the system. The fan will work to suck the gas from below the sub-slab of the basement and out into the atmosphere. 

Once the system has been converted, another radon test will be completed to ensure that the fan is working properly and that the levels have now been reduced below the EPA recommended 4.0. 

Contact Ohio's Top Radon Testing and Mitigation Contractor  

 If you have a passive system installed in your new construction home, it's important to contact a licensed company to test for radon once the construction of the home is complete. 

Radon Continuous Monitoring Test

The experts at Radon Eliminator offer discounted radon testing. We will send a licensed specialist to place a radon continuous monitoring test in the basement of your home for 48 hours collecting data. They will return two days later to obtain the results. 

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At this point, they will let you know whether or not your passive system is enough to keep the radon gas below the recommended action level. 

If your system needs to be converted, our team is also licensed to install Radon Mitigation Systems

If your home has never been tested, click below for your Discounted Radon Test with our Top Radon Testing and Mitigation Contractor in Ohio

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