Have you ever wondered what a radon mitigation system installation is or looks like? You are not alone, so we decided to give you a look inside the installation of a radon mitigation system. Our level of experience and professionalism is unmatched and below are the steps we use do insure a premium product and the lowest levels of radon within the house after mitigation. Call us today to schedule your free in-home consultation.
Step 1: Call (316) 665-0633
When you call our office, you are always greeted by a real person. I know, that is unusual in this day and age, but we try to bring a personal feeling to all of our jobs. We will then schedule a free onsite consultation.
A free estimate if you will.
This is to perform a site survey and system design. At this time, you are free to ask all the questions that come to mind, and we will give you a price for the installation. All our systems are guaranteed and designed to bring the radon levels in your home to below a 4.0 pCi/L for the price quoted. All our systems are designed to, and the majority of our systems drop the radon levels in your house to around a 1.0 pCi/L.
We design all our systems to comply with all local building codes and the Radon Mitigation Standards set forth by the EPA and Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Once you give us the go ahead we will put the installation of the mitigation system on our calendar.
In the next post we will start the installation and take you on an inside look at how they are installed and what sets us apart from the rest! Call us now to book your free in-home consultation and see for yourself how we operate!
Step 2: The Start of Installation
We will continue this segment by starting where we left off with the radon mitigation system build.
We have already determined the location of the mitigation system on the initial consultation, so we just need to start the work.
The first thing we do is drill a hole for the PVC pipe through the band joist of the house.
We then insert the pipe to start building the system.
This system is going to be built on the exterior of the house. We always try and make the system as ascetically pleasing as possible. Our first choice is always to go through the garage to limit the amount of the system on the exterior of the house. This was unable to be accomplished on this system due to where the unfinished room was located.
We had to core drill through the slab on this system because there was no sump pit or alternative access to the sub slab aggregate. It is a misconception that all radon mitigation systems must utilize the sump pit as the suction point. As matter of fact only about 50% of our systems utilize the sump pit. It is also a misconception that if your house does not have a basement or a sump pit you will not have elevated levels of radon. This house had no sump pit at all and had elevated levels of radon.
Here is Tyson, our system designer and installation guru, drilling a core hole through the slab. Notice he is wearing all the protective safety equipment such as, hearing protection, safety glasses, and gloves. We also utilize GFCI protection with all our equipment.
We also run a shop vacuum when drilling to limit the amount of dust. Once we drill through the slab and dig out the suction pit the fun begins.
Step 3: The System Takes Shape
This is a picture of the radon mitigation fan on the rough-in installation. We pride ourselves in making sure everything is plumb and level. Also notice that we use white couplings with the fan instead of the cheaper black ones that most people just go and buy at the local hardware store. We try and keep everything matching on the outside of the house to help improve the ascetics of the system.
Step 4: We Finish the Outside of the System
We start building the system up the wall. On this house we had to elbow around the soffit instead of going through due to the line of the rafters blocking access. Notice though the cap on the very top of the pipe. That is a varmint cap used to keep debris and pests out of the pipe and clogging the air flow or damaging the fan. All our systems come with these installed.
Another optional accessory is a condensation bypass kit. These are to allow the condensation that is formed within the pipe to bypass the fan instead of traveling through the fan. This gives your fan a longer life expectancy. All our fans come with a 5-year manufactures warranty and are guaranteed to stay white. We use the best fan in the industry!
Step 5: The Inside
First we start with an elbow down the interior wall in this house to connect with the suction pit that we created on the floor.
Then, we make sure everything is lined up by utilizing levels and plumb bobs before we start drilling to insure an ascetically pleasing system when finished with the installation.
In this house, the unfinished portion of the basement had some carpet laid. We had to cut a portion of the carpet to access the slab in this area. Notice that we have a gasket around the pipe to allow for easy servicing access. We also believe it is more pleasing to the eyes. Notice the labels that are placed on the system to tell you what different parts are and for.
Step 6: The Final Touches
Tyson is drilling what is called a PFE hole. This stands for pressure field extension. This is used to measure the vacuum created by the mitigation fan under the slab of the house to let us know how effective the mitigation system will be. We have specialized equipment that will measure this. Once we get our readings, adjust and fine tune the system. The installation is done!
The last thing that we do, but certainly not the least. Clean up! We vacuum our working area, take all our tools to the truck, and pick up all our trash. We always take all our trash with us. It should not be the home owner’s responsibility to throw our trash away.
We then show the customer the system. All the components and what they need to watch for. We finish up all the paperwork with the customer and ask if they have any questions.
Before we leave we always place a post mitigation radon test to determine the radon levels of the house after the mitigation system is installed. All our tests are done with a digital continuous radon monitor.
We hope you enjoyed reading about how a professional radon mitigation company insures your families continued health and happiness within your home by limiting your daily radon exposure. If you would like to take advantage of our free in-home consultations or radon testing, please give us a call!