Radon cannot be completely eradicated. However, there are different methods that a radon mitigation professional can utilize to lower radon levels in your home to an acceptable level. The techniques used to lower the radon level differ on purpose. Some techniques inhibit radon from entering your home while others lessen the radon levels if the gas does exist. It is recommended to avail of services that prevent the entry of radon to your home. Generally, prevention is better than mitigation. One of the methods to prevent radon gas from entering your home is soil suction. It prevents radon from getting into your home by drawing the radon inside your home to the outside.
The type of house you have affects the method of radon reduction system to lower your current radon level. Houses are categorized according to the foundation design. For crawlspace houses, an effective method to lower radon levels is called submembrane suction. This method involves covering the foundation floor with a high-density plastic sheet. This plastic sheet creates a sort of shield that traps radon gas from escaping the ground. An exhaust pipe and fan are then used to pull out the radon gas trapped from under the plastic sheet to the outside.
Active Crawlspace Depressurization (ACD) is another method that can be used to manage radon gas levels for crawlspace type of houses. This method is less effective than submembrane suction, but still is a better alternative than other methods for crawlspace houses. This method involves drawing air directly to space to dilute the concentration of radon gas. This is quite energy inefficient method compared to submembrane suction.
Crawlspace ventilation is another method to lower radon gas levels. It lowers the indoor radon level both by reducing the suction effect on the soil and by diluting the radon concentration. There are two types of ventilation. Passive ventilation is done by opening air vents or installing additional vents to draw air out. This lowers the radon level by removing radon gas through the suction effect. Active ventilation uses a fan to direct air to space. This method forces air circulation rather than providing a passive escape pipe for the radon gas.
Regular radon testing and radon mitigation by professional radon inspectors are needed especially in areas with a high concentration of uranium, thorium, and radium. At Atlantic Radon, we provide quality radon testing and radon mitigation services. Keep your family safe from Radon. You can schedule a radon testing in Annapolis, Columbia, Crofton, Ellicott City, Gaithersburg, and Severna Park, MD with us. It is important to make sure your home is safe from radon. To learn more about radon testing in Annapolis, Columbia, Crofton, Ellicott City, Gaithersburg, New Market, Severna Park, and Urbana, MD fill out our contact form today.