Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. Some houses have high radon levels, which is dangerous to the occupants’ health. That’s why radon mitigation services matter. Here, we’ll discuss sub-slab-depressurization and why it’s a great method to reduce radon levels in your house.
Depressurizing Your Sub-Slab
Sub-Slab Depressurization (or S-D) is a system for reducing radon gas concentrations in your home’s air. It works by depressurizing the soil underneath your foundation to create a vent path from the soil under the basement slab to the outside of the building.
Soil suction created by vacuuming or mechanical systems at various points around and under your home draw radon gas into the system and remove it from your house.
It’s an effective way of preventing radon from entering and accumulating in your home and has been used by reputable radon mitigation companies for decades. The EPA recommends this method as one of four ways to reduce high indoor radon levels (> 4 pCi/L).
What Makes Sub-Slab Depressurization Unique?
Sub-Slab Depressurization is unique in 3 main areas:
This method focuses on the overall performance of the system. Most systems will see decreased radon levels, but other factors may play. For example, if a fan fails, or a pipe develops a leak, your home will remain pressurized, and you could be at risk for increased radon levels or other contaminants moving into your home.
Sub-Slab Depressurization ensures that all components work as designed to ensure proper protection from high radon levels.
This method is very effective with homes with basements because those typically have been found to have higher indoor radon concentrations. Homes with basements generally have more depressurization points; this allows for suction to be created quickly and reliably.
This method features a secondary (or emergency) fan that kicks in if there is an issue. So even if your primary system fails or you lose power, you don’t need to worry about radon levels increasing inside your home.
What Makes Sub-Slab Depressurization Better?
S-D systems use components that have been selected based on performance, quality, ease of installation, and cost-effectiveness. On top of these factors, low maintenance needs to be considered since all components need to work well for many years after installation without needing regular checks or replacement.
This usually makes metal components more reliable than their plastic counterparts – but choosing metal or plastic systems is up to your personal preference!
Contact Radon Control Services!
At Radon Control Services, our specialty is in high-quality, cost-effective S-D systems. We believe in putting the customer first and adapting to their needs at all times. We use sub-slab depressurization as an effective radon mitigation system. Get in touch today to learn how you can protect your family with us.