How To Maintain Your Radon Mitigation System
Here at NoCo Home Inspections, we believe that homeowners should understand the dangers of radon and how to monitor and maintain a radon system in your home. Many people believe the myth that radon is only a risk in houses that have basements, but the truth is that it can be found in any type of home. Radon mitigation systems work by distilling the gas from the soil so it can’t enter the home. As you can see, it’s crucial for this system to function properly 100% of the time to keep you and your family safe.
Radon mitigation vs. Radon testing
A radon mitigation system is a must in homes that have elevated levels of radon. However, you can’t confuse them with radon testing. The mitigation system prevents radon from entering the home, whereas testing will tell you the actual radon levels. You can find tests at most hardware or home improvement stores.
Radon mitigation maintenance
Radon mitigation systems are pretty self-sufficient in that they don’t require much upkeep. However, you should still check on it from time to time. Luckily for you, confirming that the system is working is pretty simple. Read on to learn more about how you can maintain your system so that it operates properly to keep your house free from this carcinogenic gas.
Testing the fan
The system’s fan runs all hours of the day to remove radon from the soil, so you can see why it’s imperative that it’s functioning properly. You can see if it’s working by simply placing your hand on top of it to see if you can feel it vibrating. If you don’t feel any movement, that’s likely an indicator that the fan isn’t running. Radon fans usually last about ten years, so if you have an old fan, it may be time to replace it. If you know that it’s not an old fan, you can have an electrician take a look. Sometimes the problem is that the radon fan isn’t getting power, which is something an electrician can fix easily.
Checking the manometer
The manometer is a small glass tube filled with liquid and a number scale along the side. You can find it attached to the radon pipe, and its purpose is to show whether or not the fan is depressurizing the pipe. There isn’t a specific number that the manometer should be showing, but it should be above zero if the depressurizing is working. You’ll need to keep an eye on it, because if the manometer runs out of the liquid, you won’t be able to know that the fan is depressurizing the pipe. Refilling the liquid is easy and you can find manometer kits and liquid replacement online and in stores.
Condition of the piping
You’ll need to check the condition of both the inside and outside of your radon piping. Keep your eyes open for any visible damage. If you notice that the piping is separated at the seams, you’ll need to re-seal it. Make sure that the pipe’s exit point isn’t blocked. This is crucial, because if blocked, the radon won’t flow through to exit the home.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends testing your radon mitigation system every two years. A good home inspection company can determine whether or not the system is working properly and identify any parts that need fixing. We have # of years of experience testing radon mitigation systems and understand that you want the peace of mind knowing that you’re living in a safe home. Our inspections are thorough and will help keep your mitigation system operating for years to come.