Why new homes in Utah should include a radon mitigation system

Utah Radon Services
March 12, 2024
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Did you know that over 50% of Utah homes tested by Utah Radon Services have high radon levels? Radon is a radioactive gas that can’t be detected by our senses and, more importantly, is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.

The good news is that Utahns building new homes can easily incorporate a radon mitigation system into the construction process. 

Radon systems in new homes

Many people think radon is only a risk in old homes, but that’s simply not true. Radon is directly related to the amount of uranium in the ground below a home, and new, energy-efficient homes can trap more radon inside than an older home. Even more, it’s far simpler to include a radon mitigation system in a new home than to place one when a home is already built.

A new home can include an active or passive radon system to allow radon to flow through indoor pipes outside the house. Active systems include a radon fan that draws the gas from beneath the foundation and safely to the outside air, where it dissipates. Passive systems include the piping for a radon mitigation system, but they don’t have a fan that actively pulls radon out of the ground and into the air above the building. 

While a passive system can help reduce radon levels, an active system is far more effective. The cost difference between a passive and active system is typically only a few hundred dollars, so it’s worth spending a little more to ensure your family's safety. If your builder doesn’t offer active systems, a fan can be installed after the home is built, turning the passive system into an active system.

Radon-educated home builders in Utah

Although Utah has a significant number of homes with high levels of radon, the home-building laws have yet to catch up and proactively protect Utahns from the health dangers of radon exposure. While some home builders in Utah allow clients to add a radon mitigation system, many proactively include them in their construction to reduce the chance that the homeowners will develop radon-induced lung cancer. Among them are Richmond American, Symphony Homes, Toll Brothers, and Woodside Homes. 

If you are building a new home, it’s essential to talk to your contractor about the risk of radon and the steps you can take to include a radon mitigation system. To learn more or to request a radon mitigation quote during or after your home is built, visit Utah Radon Services

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