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Radon mitigation refers to any of the many processes that are used to lower the concentration of radon in areas that are used by the public. Radon reduction is an important environmental subject as studies have shown that there are no safe levels of radon. Radon abatement is often used in public buildings but there are also ways that you can practice radon gas removal from your home. In the United States, methods of radon remediation have been practiced in every state in order to comply with health and safety standards.
If you plan on selling your home then you should provide a radon testing report completed within the last two years. If your home has never been tested then you should have a test performed. Keep in mind that you should test in the lowest level of the home that could be used as a living space. You must realize that the new owner may plan on living in a lower part of the home than you currently occupy. If there is no lower part that can be lived in without major renovations, then you can simply test your regular living space. This test will let you know if radon gas mitigation is necessary.
Test before you place your home on the market if radon mitigation costs could affect the sale of the home. Some states place the burden of radon remediation costs on the seller while other states place the burden of radon reduction costs on the buyer. Check with your local real estate laws to determine which party is responsible for radon abatement costs in your area.
The buyer of the home may request the radon testing results from the home seller in order to determine if radon remediation is necessary. The buyer can accept the results of the test or may request that they perform their own test. As radon mitigation can be costly, you may wish to draw up a contract that clearly defines who is responsible for what when it comes to radon reduction in the home. The cost of the test should also be determined and who will pay for it in addition to any radon gas removal services that may be necessary. Following these steps is the simplest way to ensure that radon abatement does not interfere with the sale of your home.
If you would like to avoid having to engage in radon gas removal then you may want to consider the purchase of a radon resistant home. These homes can be worth any added costs as radon remediation services can be expensive. The techniques that are used in these constructions are quite effective when it comes to radon reduction. Radon abatement is accomplished through construction methods that are aimed at radon gas removal before it can enter the home.
Building a radon resistant home will not only eliminate the need for radon mitigation later on, but can also help you to save on energy costs. In addition, the cost of including radon abatement techniques in the original construction will be less than the cost of dealing with radon reduction if a problem were to arise later. Radon remediation specialists may charge less to build a home with a radon abatement feature than they will to add the radon mitigation feature to an already existing home.
Radon gas removal techniques can be built into a home in a variety of different ways. Most of these techniques help with radon abatement in a passive manner such as ventilation. It is important to communicate with your home builder about which radon reduction features that you would like to have built into your new home before construction begins. This is because these radon remediation methods may involve the very foundation of the home. They can involve the way the foundation is poured or built and they can involved the materials that the foundation is made from. By advising your builder in advance, you will avoid costly repairs and time wasting when it comes to radon mitigation methods of construction.
One of the main features of a house that was built with radon remediation in mind is a gas permeable layer that is constructed beneath the flooring system. This layer helps with radon gas removal by allowing the gas within the soil to freely move beneath the home. The most common material for this layer is gravel. This radon mitigation construction method can only be used on homes that are being built with a slab on grade foundation or basement. This radon remediation construction method cannot be employed on homes that are being built atop of crawlspace foundations. This is because the crawlspace will create a pocket of air that the radon can move into and then build up over time. This difference is an example of why it is best to discuss these ideas with your builder in advance of the ground breaking for your new home.
Sometimes plastic sheeting will be used as this have proven to be an effective and inexpensive radon reduction method. This sheeting is placed above the permeable layer and prevents the radon gas from rising up into the home. This radon abatement method can be employed on homes with a crawlspace by having the sheet placed over the floor with the seams tightly sealed. If the sealed plastic barrier alone does not mitigate the radon, an active (fan-driven) system can be added to move the radon out from beneath the membrane and discharge it outdoors. This method is known is "sub-membrane depressurization."
A vent pipe can also be installed in order to perform radon gas removal. These pipes will normally be manufactured from PVC and will usually be about 3-4 inches in diameter. The purpose of this pipe is to allow the gas to travel from the soil and then safely through the home by way of the pipe. The gas is then vented through the roof by way of a ventilation system or fan system. This type of pipe system can also help to eliminate other gases from the soil that may be harmful to human health in addition to radon.
Another tool of radon mitigation in home construction is the use of junction boxes. These boxes are installed in the attic in order to make the installation of a fan far easier. These junction boxes can be equipped with an alarm system that will allow you to know when the ventilation system is not working properly.
The above discussion should clearly demonstrate that the need for radon gas removal is essential when purchasing, selling or constructing a home. Radon remediation methods can help to save lives by protecting dwellers from the diseases that can develop from exposure to radon gas such as lung cancer and other ailments. When building a home, it is a good idea to discuss any radon abatement methods with your home builder before construction has begun. By outlining the radon reduction methods that you are interested in having built into your home, you will avoid costly repairs at a later date. Be certain to ensure that you select a contractor that is well trained and specializes in these types of radon reducing practices. Any costs that you may incur will be far less than the costs of later retrofitting and they will also add value to your home. Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the dangers of radon gas to human health, so it is a good idea to address these concerns if you ever plan on selling the home.