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Making Your Home Radon Free- Testing & Mitigation

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 by Jen Fox

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Radon testing is easy, affordable, and accurate. Adirondack Basement Systems offers a free in-home test kit for you to use at your convenience. The test should be performed in the lowest living area of your home with all doors and windows closed. Leave the test out for at least 48 hours, but no longer than 96 hours. Then mail the kit to the lab for testing and you should receive your results within 2-3 weeks. Make sure to follow the directions enclosed closely to get an accurate reading.

If you receive the results and uncomfortable with the Radon levels in your home, Adirondack Basement Systems offers a free in-home consultation to assist in radon removal and radon mitigation for your home. Our office will schedule a convenient time for a Radon Mitigation Specialist to come to your home and assess your situation. During this time, Adirondack Basement Systems will conduct a structural analysis and design survey with you- detailing all the fine points of what goes into a successful mitigation.

Common mitigation procedures include:

      (These procedures may vary slightly depending on the type of system installed)

- Forces need to be redirected from the 'stack effect.' The stack effect draws air from beneath your home and up into your living space. Depressurizing the soil beneath the structure allows for the radon gas to be redirected.

- The radon gas is redirected. A hole is drilled into the slab, crawl space, or surrounding earth to create a suction point (sometimes more than 1 suction point is needed). The radon gas is vented through a PVC pipe that is connected to the hole. The pipe can be installed through the house or outside.

- The radon gas is vented out, away from your home. The pipe is connected to a fan in the attic or to the top of the structure for proper ventilation.

- Radon entry points are sealed. To resist gas entry, cracks are sealed using a urethane caulking compound.

- A final system checklist is performed. Our technicians are trained and certified to inspect the entire radon mitigation system after it has been installed to make sure it complies with industry standards. proper system labeling and proper fan operation are checked, along with other key system details.

- Retesting for Radon. Retesting is done within 30 days of the system installation to ensure system is working effectively.

About the author
Jennifer is the Director of Employee & Customer Relations at Adirondack Basement Systems.

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