The most common systems that are installed in a home depressurizes the soil beneath the home by using a fan system that pulls air underneath the slab and vents it through piping to the outside of the home and discharges it a safe distance away from the home. The cost to operate a system is about equal to the cost of running a 75 Watt lightbulb for a year. Another system seals off crawl spaces and is lined with an airtight membrane and also uses a fan to pull soil gas that is also vented to a safe distance away from the home. Most systems can be installed in under one day.
Prevention methods for radon are relatively simple. While not completely stopping radon entry, sealing cracks in the foundation, sealing seams in basement walls and floor, and sealing utility junctions as much as possible can greatly reduce the amount of radon that can freely enter your house. Installing ventilation for your basement can also reduce the amount of radon that is able to accumulate in your home. There are multiple options for testing for radon in your home. Activated charcoal kits are a simple, at home, option to test for radon. The charcoal acts as an absorber of free particles. This charcoal can be later sent in and tested for radon. Other tests aim to detect the alpha particles emitted by radon. Most remediation techniques are designed around ventilation. There are two common ventilation options to remediate high levels of radon. One is simple mechanical ventilation of the room/level of the building to remove excess build-up and prevent it from happening again. Another option is what is called active soil depressurization. In this
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