What Are The Common Radon Mitigation Supplies And Measures?

Once radon gas has been detected in your home, it may be necessary to take steps to correct problems that may have led to its accumulation. Radon mitigation supplies may be available at a local hardware store, or they may need to be purchased through a company that specializes in radon mitigation supplies.

A few simple repairs, such as caulking cracks and openings in concrete, or applying a few coats of a sealing concrete paint may be all that is required. In some cases, major renovations may be needed to make a dwelling safe. Radon commonly enters through any opening in the foundation that comes in contact with soil, such as cracks, drains and sump pumps, or holes drilled to accommodate plumbing pipes.

Older houses were often built with dirt floors in basements or crawl spaces, or with ‘partly finished’ basements, in which cement floors were only poured in part of the area, leaving the rest of the floor as raw dirt. Few windows or no windows at all offered no ventilation for basements, creating the perfect environment for radon gas to accumulate.

In the construction of new homes, soil gas collection matting can be placed on the ground before pouring concrete. The mat creates a barrier that prevents the gas from seeping through the porous concrete and entering the building, but older homes were built with no such barrier.

When major renovations are needed, it is best to hire a contractor that is familiar with radon gas. Supplies that homeowners can purchase to prevent radon from entering the home may include things such as a special concrete sealer that actually penetrates several inches into cement or brick, filling the tiny holes in the porous material with an impermeable barrier through which radon gas cannot pass. Using such a sealer along with a few coats of sealing concrete paint can significantly reduce the amount of radon in the home.

Another way to prevent radon gas buildup is installing a ventilation fan that can blow out radon-thick air and allow safe, fresh air to enter. Other radon mitigation supplies that are available are materials to properly seal open floor drains and sump pump kits that effectively seal and cover open sump pump pits.

Radon detectors are also an important part of radon mitigation because they tell you whether or not your efforts are successful or if further action needs to be taken. Continuous monitoring of radon levels using an electronic radon detector conveniently gives you up to the minute information about radon levels, but such a device may not be necessary.

Once an initial radon problem has been addressed, monitoring through passive means such as electret ion canisters or alpha track detectors may be all that is needed for regular radon checks. Passive radon detection kits are inexpensive and most of them include the cost of laboratory analysis; all you need to do is leave the device in place for a specific amount of time and then send it to the lab.