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Major Risks of Attempting DIY Radon Mitigation

If radon levels in your home are higher than known safety thresholds, proper mitigation of these levels is of vital importance for the health of anyone who lives or spends time in the structure. Radon is a Class A carcinogen, one that causes some significant health issues in both people and animals, and quality must be ensured when protecting against it — which is why in many cases, DIY efforts down these lines are not recommended.

At Absolute Radon Safety, we’re here to provide the very best radon mitigation systems and equipment, installed by experienced professionals who know precisely how to trap radon at its source and stop it from existing in your air supply at dangerous levels. We strongly recommend leaving radon mitigation installations to our experts, as there are a number of risks you’re exposing both yourself and your structure to if you attempt this sort of thing without specific professional training. Here are some of these risks to keep in mind as reasons why you should call up the pros for this job.

Piercing Pipes

First and foremost, the installation of a radon mitigation system involves working with a lot of piping. Not only will we be installing new piping in your home or building to transport radon away from the structure, we may also be working near or around other pipes or systems.

As professionals, we know how to steer clear of these areas and take care with the installation so that no damage is done. If you’re not a professional, there is a very real risk of piercing or damaging other pipes in your home as you try to install the mitigation system yourself. This could lead to costly repairs down the line and create even more of a hazard from radon gas.

Backdrafting

Another major DIY radon mitigation risk is the possibility of backdrafting, or an issue where the radon system doesn’t only suck in radon, but also carbon monoxide from the furnace and water heater flues. This is a potentially dangerous issue that can cause serious health problems for you and your family.

Professionals know how to avoid this issue by ensuring the radon system is properly vented and doesn’t create a negative pressure in your home. If you’re not experienced in these matters, it’s very easy to create a backdrafting problem that could be hazardous to your health.

Radon Re-Entering

Maybe the single most common error made during DIY radon mitigation efforts: Improper sealing in any of the several areas where radon can enter the home again.

This is an easy mistake to make, but it can have serious consequences. Radon that has been sucked out of your home can easily re-enter if even one seal is not properly in place. This means that all of your mitigation efforts could be for naught, and you and your family could still be exposed to dangerous levels of radon gas.

Condensation

Radon mitigation systems have to deal with air that’s high in humidity on a regular basis, and care is required in their installation to ensure that water and condensation are directed away from the system and don’t cause damage.

If you’re not familiar with how to deal with humidity and moisture, there’s a good chance you’ll accidentally cause damage to your mitigation system through condensation. This could lead to a host of other problems down the road, including the growth of harmful mold in your home and even the potential for major flooding.

Sub-Slab Issues

Radon mitigation systems are known to work best when there’s gravel under the concrete slab at their base, but many homes or buildings have dirt or even clay as the base material. If this is the case in your structure, there’s a good chance that the mitigation system won’t be as effective as it could be, and you may still be exposed to high levels of radon gas.

Only a professional installer who understands the specific needs of your home or building will be able to install a mitigation system here, as this may require a redesign of the sub-slab for your structure. Without this knowledge, you could easily install a mitigation system that doesn’t work as well as it should.

Post-Installation Testing

Another benefit of working with our team of professionals is the range of post-installation testing and inspections that we provide. We want to make sure that the system is working properly and that you and your family are safe from the dangers of radon gas.

If you try to install a mitigation system yourself, you may not be aware of the importance of post-installation testing or even know how to conduct such tests. This could lead to dangerous levels of radon gas going undetected in your home, putting your family’s health at risk.

Warranties

Another major benefit of hiring a professional for your radon mitigation needs is the warranty that comes with the job. Most professional mitigation companies offer a full warranty on their work, meaning that if any issues should arise after the installation is complete, you can count on them to come back and take care of it at no additional cost to you.

When you try to do the job yourself, you’re not likely to get the same level of warranty or protection for your home. If something goes wrong after you’ve installed the mitigation system, you’ll be on your own and will likely have to pay out of pocket to get it fixed.

Future Home Value

Finally, if you plan to sell your home in the future, having a professional-installed radon mitigation system will likely add value to your property. Many potential home buyers will be looking for a home that already has a mitigation system in place, as this is seen as an indication of a proactive approach to health and safety.

When you try to do the job yourself, you may not be able to properly assess the impact that a mitigation system will have on your home’s value. This could lead to you spending money on a mitigation system that doesn’t add any value to your property when it comes time to sell.

For more on why DIY radon mitigation efforts should typically be avoided unless you have specific professional training, or to learn about any of our radon testing or radon mitigation solutions, speak to our team at Absolute Radon Safety today.

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