Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Trouble mitigating radon at home

We've been dealing with a radon problem at home for the past few months. Despite numerous attempts to mitigate the radon in our basement, our levels are still elevated. There is an old subslab suction/depressurization system that is currently running. We also now have another system with five new suction points. However, this doesn't seem to be enough to get the levels below 4 pCi/L.

I was speaking with some people about my frustrations and I'm still surprised by the fact that so many people don't realize that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer (smoking is #1). The EPA recommends that you should aim to get the radon levels below the national action levelof 4 pCi/L. They recommend following the Standard Practice for Radon Mitigation Systems in Existing Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

So when will our radon issue get settled? That's a question I keep asking every day.

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