Calling for radon testing Colorado Springs services is always a good idea; in fact, no matter where you live, you should test your home for radon. Homes with high radon levels have been found all over the country. Houses with dangerously high radon levels can be found in every state.


Radon is a radioactive gas that is odorless, colorless, and invisible that is emitted naturally from rocks, soil, and water. Radon can build up in homes and other buildings if it gets in through even the smallest cracks or holes. 


Inhaling high quantities of radon over a long period has been linked to an increased risk of developing lung cancer.


A high radon presence clearly indicates that you need to install a radon mitigation system, and for people who are thinking it, yes, you can attempt to do it yourself, and below are how.


DIY Radon Mitigation


Homeowners have two options for radon testing in Colorado Springs: first, through the help of radon testing Colorado Springs pros, and second, through a kit, you can buy and use. Any indication of high radon only means your home needs an upgrade, specifically a new radon mitigation system which you can also opt to do by yourself.


Step One: Make a hole in the concrete basement floor big enough for a three-inch plastic pipe using a rotary hammer. An auger driven by a drill creates a spot under a slab. A shallow excavation is required if the layer underneath is granular, like gravel. A bigger pit is required to maximize the area the fan will draw from in the event of thick soil. Loosen the dirt beneath the slab and vacuum it out to begin digging.


Step Two: Locate an accessible route leading to the attic where a 3-inch PVC pipe may be installed. Apply glue to the seams, use straps to stabilize the pipe, and ensure the horizontal run’s downward slope carries away the moisture.


Step Three: To access the sub-slab pit, lower the bottom pipe section several inches. Insert the backer rod outside the pipe and into the slab, then use hydraulic cement to seal the junction.


Step Four: The pipe leads to a 24/7 in-line fan in the attic. The fan will likely require an outlet. In unheated attics, pipe insulation reduces moisture. Pipes leave the attic via the roof. The puncture is flashed with a plumbing boot to keep water out. Installing a simple gauge in the pipeline in the basement enables the homeowner to check that the system is operational while the fan is operating.


Step Five: Suction can be tested by drilling a few small holes in the basement at various points. The holes may be tested by sucking smoke through them using a smoke pencil. After the test, hydraulic cement will be used to seal the holes.


After the construction is finish, another radon test will be conducted to check if your mitigation system works. If the water continues to rise, more holes should be bored into the slab, and more pipes can be linked to the same fan. And if it still fails, it’s time to bring in the pros.


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