What is a radon mitigation system? Improving indoor air quality is essential in various residential and corporate spaces. An enclosure can contain asbestos – a cancer-related component. A radon mitigation system can help cleaning substances in your places. This article will discuss how the system works along with its pros & cons.
What Is A Radon Mitigation System?
A radon mitigation system is responsible for reducing the radon level in your home/ workplace to the lowest reasonable point. What is radon? Radon is a type of natural gas, which can cause lung cancer. The breakdown process of rock, soil, or even water creates radon. Because of its natural origin, there is radon everywhere. Radon can get into the air and go inside your home through cracks, holes and trapped there for a long time.
That’s why we have a radon mitigation system or the radon removal service. Why is this radon thing important? It’s essential for your health and house owners who are about to sell their houses. Now, you may be wondering if there is radon in your house. I have to say yes, there is. I don’t know how much radon your home is trapping inside.
Knowing everything above will lead to the following question: “How can I install a radon mitigation system?” This article will tell you exactly how the system works, the pros & cons for you to consider installing a plan or hire some removal services. Stay tuned for more in the upcoming sections of this post!
How This System Works
There are three types of radon mitigation systems: sub-slab suction, drain tile suction, and sub-membrane. There are four main parts of a radon mitigation system:
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- A radon fan: This fan will be plugged or hard-wired to an electrical box in an unconditioned space, like an attic or outside, to prevent radon from leaking back into the home.
- A tag: This tag will be placed by a licensed radon professional once the system is complete. The label shows responsibility and a warranty for the work’s quality.
- Two fan monitors: Those 2 are for the smooth operation of the fan.
- A radon pipe: This pipe is to lead radon out of place.
The fan will blow radon from the ground, leak, etc., through the pipes, and go outside. The cost for a system like this might be around 1500$ – 2500$.
Source: Minnesota Department of Health
Pros & Cons Of A Radon Mitigation System
Of course, no system is flawless. There are good things and also not-so-good things. To take the full advantages of something, you may have to trade-off (such as your electric bill goes up, uneasy living conditions, & more).
#1. The Good Things
Here are two main advantages of using the system:
- Lower radon levels in your place: Of course, this will be the main benefit of installing the system. The radon level in your area will go down below the safe line and may never cross it. Everyone can now take a deep, healthy breath.
- A lot faster and cheaper than the radon removal process: You may consider a one-time payment for the radon removal service. It’s not a one-time payment, and it’s not cheap, either. Radon may fill up after the removal process in a couple of years, and you will have to hire service again. And the process might take months to operate. If you plan to stay in your place for a long time, you should install a system to filter radon out of the air regularly.
#2. The Opposite (To #1)
In contrast, these 2 points might make you think twice about installing a radon mitigation system:
- Increasing your electric bill: Imagine that you will have a new machine constantly running in your basement, consuming an extra 50W-200W every hour. That can raise your electric bill by at least 20%.
- Loud sound: If not installed properly, the fan can create unpleasant noise. Loud sound is never a usual incident, especially when you hire professionals to install the system. However, it worths the watch. Whenever you hear repetitive noise from the system, call an expert to get rid of it 100%. It’s easy to fix and not commonly happens, so it’s not a big problem.
So, Installing a Radon Mitigation System or Hiring A Radon Removal Service?
The answer depends on your demand, very simple. If you want to sell the house, hire the removal service if someone might be concerned about radon. If you intend to stay in for a long time, get a radon mitigation system for your house to protect you and your family members’ health. Let me explain it further!
- A radon removal service is a process that can eliminate radon 100% from your property. It’s the best case for the house owners who want to sell their house as some buyers might be concerned, and they will have to calculate the radon removal fee out of the house value. This process might take months and be a bit costly.
- A radon mitigation system is faster and much cheaper to operate for family-size use. Although it can’t eliminate 100% radon trapped inside your house, the minimum amount of radon is considered harmless in most cases.
Are you looking to install a radon mitigation system? Or run a radon test in your place (residential or commercial)? You can always call a radon mitigation company for solutions.
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I hope that this article helps you with some helpful information. Now you know what a radon mitigation system is, how it works, its pros and cons. You can decide whether to install a radon mitigation system or not for your place. If you have any questions or miss something in the article, please comment in the section below. Thanks for visiting Greenhouse Center, and I wish to see you around soon!
It’s great that you mentioned how the radon level in your area would go down below the safe line and may never cross it with radon mitigation systems. I read about radon in one of the magazines I was reading yesterday and this made me think about what I could do about the radon in our house. We should probably ask for residential radon mitigation system installation services since it seems like the most convenient way of addressing radon.
Thanks, Luke! Yes, having the necessary system installed is good.