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Why Rain and Snow Aren’t Risks to Your Radon Mitigation System

Anytime you have any sort of device or system installed in your home for any reason, you naturally want to be sure that this setup will be protected from any elements or weather conditions it may be exposed to on a regular basis. However, there are many such systems where these concerns can be overstated, and a good example is with radon mitigation systems and certain forms of perceived weather threats.

At Absolute Radon Safety, we’re happy to install the very best radon mitigation systems in Colorado, assisting clients who have high radon levels — something that’s unfortunately very common in our state. However, one area you generally don’t have to worry about within this realm, despite some in the state sometimes expressing concern given our weather patterns: Rain, snow or ice getting into your radon mitigation system, particularly the main pipe that’s responsible for removing radon from the home. Here’s a look at how these systems work and why this sort of thing is not a real concern, plus a couple other related notes.

How Radon Mitigation Systems Work

To fully understand why rain, snow and ice aren’t risks to your radon mitigation system, it helps to know a bit about how these systems work in the first place. Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that’s present in nearly all soil. It typically enters the home through cracks in the foundation or other small openings, and once inside, it can quickly rise up and become trapped. Since it’s both colorless and odorless, the only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test for it — which we highly recommend if you live in Colorado.

If your test comes back showing high levels of radon, the next step is to call in a radon mitigation specialist like us. We’ll come to your home, assess the situation and determine the best way to remove radon from your indoor air. In most cases, this involves installing a vent pipe system that goes from your home up through the roof. This pipe is typically white plastic and is generally very unobtrusive, meaning it won’t be an eyesore on your home’s exterior.

The key part of this system is the fan, which is installed at the top of the pipe. This fan is responsible for drawing radon-laden air out of your home and pushing it up and away, preventing it from becoming trapped inside where it can do harm.

Fully Sealed and Glued

For anyone worrying about the possibility of rain, snow or ice getting into this system and causing problems, it’s important to know that the main pipe is both fully sealed and glued. In other words, there are no gaps or cracks that water could potentially get into. Plus, the glue used is of the very highest quality and is designed to withstand all sorts of extreme weather conditions.

For instance, even during a significant snowstorm this upcoming winter, you won’t have to worry about your radon pipe getting blocked by snow or ice. The same goes for any downpours or thunderstorms we may experience. Your system will continue to work as designed no matter what the weather is like outside.

Water-Resistant/Hardened Motors

In addition, while it’s highly unlikely that any water will make its way into your system, it’s important to know that the motors used in these fans are also water-resistant or hardened. So even if by some small chance water did get into the system, it would not cause any damage to the fan itself.

Slight Backslope

Not only are all of the above measures in place to prevent water from getting into your system, but the pipe is also installed with a slight backslope. This means that even if water somehow did get into the system, it would immediately start flowing back out rather than sitting inside and potentially causing problems.

However, as we’ve noted, this is rarely necessary. During normal operations, your radon mitigation system creates airflow when it pushes radon and other air out of the exhaust pipe — this airflow is usually easily enough to push any rain, snow or ice away from the opening without any concerns.

Keeping Pests and Birds Out

In other cases, clients raise concerns to us about the possibility of pests or birds getting into their system and creating problems. Once again, this is very unlikely to happen for a few reasons.

First, the exhaust pipe is typically installed with a screen over the opening to keep pests and birds out. Second, even if something did manage to get into the system, it would likely just get caught in the fan itself and cause no damage. Third, the system is regularly checked and serviced to ensure that everything is working properly, so any potential problems would be caught and dealt with right away.

Bottom Line

The most important takeaway from all of this is that you shouldn’t let concerns about the weather or potential pests deter you from having a radon mitigation system installed in your home. These systems are highly effective at reducing radon levels and keeping your indoor air quality high, and they can be used with complete confidence even in the most extreme weather conditions.

If you have any questions about this or any other home improvement topic, feel free to reach out to us anytime at Absolute Radon Safety. We’re always happy to help in any way we can, whether it’s detailing our services to you or carrying out radon testing, radon mitigation or other important programs on your behalf.

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