Addressing the problem of a radon leak in a home requires ongoing care. Simply installing a mitigation and leaving it to do its job will not ensure a healthy environment for the building's residents into the future.
If you've just become aware of a radon problem in your residence, you'll need to keep an eye on radon levels and your mitigation system through the years. A radon leak could become more severe if your system starts malfunctioning or if new openings in your foundation develop over the years.
By keeping up on the following three tasks, you can make sure that you attend to ongoing mitigation needs after you've had a radon mitigation system initially installed:
Periodic radon gas testing
You need to periodically test radon levels in your home if you have a radon problem to make sure that your mitigation methods are adequate.
A variety of factors can come together to render a previously adequate mitigation system ineffective. The best way to stay on top of unexpected increases in radon levels is to test at least once every two years.
You should also make sure to have radon levels tested after certain events that could potentially cause them to increase. These events include ventilation work, extensive remodel projects in your basement that could affect your foundation, and earthquakes that could cause ground beneath your building to resettle.
Inspection of the structure's foundation
Even if your area doesn't experience an earthquake or another catastrophic event that could shake up your foundation, foundation cracks can quietly develop over time as your home's construction materials age and wear out.
You should have a radon specialist inspect your foundation when you have your home tested for radon to look out for any cracks that could allow more radon to leak into your home's interior. An experienced radon specialist will know the signs to look for indicating that your foundation needs to be repaired or you need additional radon mitigation equipment installed to address foundation damage.
Maintenance checks on the radon mitigation system
A third periodic inspection you should have carried out when your radon test is performed is a close examination of your current mitigation equipment.
A radon mitigation system is a mechanical system made up of components like pipes, vents, and fans. Over time, this mechanical equipment will wear out and need to be replaced. A routine inspection of your system carried out every time you have radon levels tested will ensure that radon levels don't begin rising out of control because of a malfunction in your mitigation system.Share