“Generally, radon comes up through cracks and holes in the basement floor (or through crawl space dirt). It’s a fairly heavy gas so it accumulates in the lower parts of the house. Mitigating the radon level to get it below the EPA recommended level of 4.0 is usually a two-step process. First, a high quality sealant is applied to all cracks and holes in the floor, at pipe penetrations, and even around the perimeter at the bottom of the foundation. Then a fan and duct system is installed to create a negative pressure under the floor, whereby the radon is sucked up and exhausted outdoors, before it can get inside the basement airspace. It’s not as complicated as it sounds, because most homes have a perimeter water drain system. The fan is simply connected to one of those pipes in a window well. The cost? Between $1,000 and $1,500.
You can see that this is more than just another DIY project and is best left to mitigation companies who will guarantee an acceptable level when they are done.”
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The dangers of Radon make it the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer behind only smoking. For some perspective, about 21,000 people a year die from radon-based lung cancer. Unfortunately, health problems typically don’t exist until well after long-term exposure. This is why having your home tested for Radon is important for the health of you and your family.
At Bauer Restoration our Radon Mitigation process follow the guidelines set for by the EPA. Call us at 507-333-9838 to schedule an appointment and have a technician perform a test for Radon at your home or business.