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How to Protect Your Family from Radon When Buying a Newly Built Home

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What recommendations does EPA make?

  • Get your house tested for Radon, if you are buying or selling a home.
  • Have your home tested for radon.
  • Repair your home if the radon concentration in your home is greater than 4 picocuries per Liter.
  • Although Radon levels are below 4 pCi/L, they can still pose a danger.
  • Take precautions when conducting radon testing in Edmonton.

Why not buy a radon-resistant house?

  • How Techniques Work
  • These easy and inexpensive techniques can lower radon levels by around 50%.
  • It’s cost-effective
  • It’s cheaper to build features than to fix a problem with radon later.
  • Save Money
  • These methods can also be used in order to make your home more energy efficient. This could mean an average $65 per-year savings on your energy bills.
  • A fan can be added to the system to reduce Radon.

What are Radon-Resistant Features and How Can They Help?

The techniques for different foundations and site requirements can vary, but the basic elements of the design are:

  1. Permeable Layer
  2. This layer is placed beneath the slab or flooring system to allow soil gas to flow freely underneath the house. This is not recommended for crawlspace foundations.
  3. Plastic Sheeting
  4. Seal the seams with plastic sheeting to prevent soil gas entering your home. It is placed over the gas permeable layers.
  5. Caulking and Sealing
  6. All below-grade openings on concrete foundation floors must be sealed to reduce soil gas entry.
  7. Vent Pipe
  8. A 3- to 4-inch length of PVC pipe or gas-tight (or other gas-tight), runs through the gas permeable layers of the house to the roof to safely vent radon and other soil gases.
  9. Junction Box
  10. An electrical junction box is located inside the attic. This makes wiring and installing vent fans easier. An alarm is placed near the vent fan to indicate that the fan is not working correctly.

 

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