If you have discovered or are worried about a radon problem in your home, you may be looking into methods to reduce radon. There are several radon reduction techniques available to you, but we should first review why radon reduction is important.
As uranium in soil breaks down, it produces radon. When outside, it disperses into the air and is not much of a concern. However, radon is able to enter your home through cracks and pores in the foundation. Once inside, it can cause lung cancer in those who breathe it in for a prolonged period of time. Unfortunately, radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer, just behind smoking.
Radon has no smell, color, or taste, which means there is no way to detect it in your home without specialized testing. The good news is radon testing can be fast and affordable! You can fill out the form on this page to request a free test from Utah Radon Services.
If you have already tested your home and found high radon levels, it is time to discuss radon reduction techniques.
There are two main types of radon reduction techniques: passive radon systems and active radon systems.
Passive radon systems can only be installed during the home’s initial construction. First, cracks or openings in the foundation are sealed and a layer is placed between the soil and your home’s foundation. Next, a series of pipes are installed for radon to pass through. If this is not sufficient to lower the radon levels, the passive system can be turned into an active system simply by adding a fan.
An active radon system is recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency to stop radon from entering your home. The most common type is a soil suction system (sometimes called sub-slab depressurization). It uses a fan to draw radon from below the house and vents it through pipes to the air above it. This can be done in any home and has other benefits such as removing humidity and other gasses from the air.