Passive Radon System. Is having one good enough?

Utah Radon Services
June 12, 2017
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Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US, and the leading cause for non-smokers. So when it comes to radon gas, you want to have the lowest levels possible in your home. New homes can be built with a passive radon system already installed.  This is more cost effective to install during the building process than installing a complete mitigation system after the house is built. In fact, some Utah builders install them automatically but make sure to speak to your contractor or builder before the foundation is poured if you want to install a passive radon system.  Make sure that your builder uses a licensed radon mitigation company when installing a passive system. This can greatly impact how effective the passive system will be.

However, having a passive radon system does not automatically mean that radon levels in your home are as low as possible. In fact, it may only be reducing radon levels by 50%. A home built on soil that is high in radon gas, may need to have an active system.
Here is what you can do to ensure your family's safety if a passive radon system was installed:

Perform a radon test.

Many homeowners that have a passive radon system installed, never perform a radon test. Without testing, there is no way to determine if your home has a radon problem. This is true even if you have a passive system installed. Having a professional test performed can give you peace of mind and make you aware of a potential problem. If you do have a passive system and want to test your home, fill out the form on the right.

If your radon test comes back elevated, you may need to make your passive radon system, an active system.

According the EPA, a passive radon system may reduce the levels of radon that enters a home, but in a high concentration area, it may not reduce levels below the EPA 4.0 action level.  If levels come back high, you'll need to make your system active by having a ventilation fan added onto your passive radon system. Further reducing the levels of radon gas in your home by venting it from beneath the foundation to outside.

Utah Radon Services guarantees radon reduction to below 2.7, the World Health organizations recommended level on all active systems installed by them.

Utah Radon Services has a team of licensed radon testing and radon mitigation specialists. We can ensure your home is safe for yourself and your family. To request a test or a mitigation bid, fill out the form on your right or call us at 801-871-0715.

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