How is a Denver Radon Mitigation Like a Juice Box?

This article describes how a Denver radon mitigation system functions. It is written by Pat Fondren with Radon-I-Nator, LLC.

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”How is Denver Radon Mitigation Like a Juice Box?”

Denver Realtor Reviews How Radon Mitigation Is Like A Juice BoxRadon comes into the house due to the difference in pressure between the inside of the house and the outside of the house.  The house works like a vacuum sucking radon out of the ground beneath it.

1 in 15 homes will have elevated radon across the US. However, when you are in a state like Colorado it will be higher than that.  Estimates for the Denver Metro Area are between 75% to 85% of homes have elevated radon.  

So when you test the home and it is above 4 pCi/L (EPA says action then but recommends anything above 2.7 pCi/L) it is time to set up a Denver radon mitigation system.

On Radon-I-Nator’s Website (http://radoninatorllc.com/) there is a 4:40 RadonAway Informational Video that gives you a quick overview of how the radon enters the house, can injure you, and how a system might be set up.  

Denver Realtor Reviews Radon Level AwarenessWhen doing radon mitigation the mitigator is setting up so that the radon is predominately sealed under the slab or under the crawlspace or a combination of the above (or even in cinder block walls).   Then they create a suction that takes it up above the roofline (away from windows, doors, etc.) and vents the gas (remember gas rises) so that it continues up into the atmosphere.  They are getting it away from the living areas and controlling radon pathways into the home.

Below are the two most common illustrations of a Denver radon mitigation system in an existing house.  

Please note that sealing alone will not solve the radon issue.  It can improve the overall quality but is not be a standalone solution.  

Each house is unique and an experienced mitigator can spot and work with the things that are part of the distinctiveness of the house.

 Denver Radon Mitigation System Crawlspace Membrane DepressurizationDenver Radon Mitigation System Diagram

There are many EPA protocols that must be followed in order for the system to work, stay working and create a safe environment for the people living there.  Here a just a few:

  • Properly sealed and lapped crawl space membranes
  • PVC pipe (NEVER downspout piping)
  • Pipes supported:  6’ on horizontal runs, 8’ on vertical runs, and on structural members
  • Fans must be outside and above conditioned space and wired to code
  • Properly vented  10 feet away from any opening into condition space and at least 2 feet above it
  • Properly sloped pipe to allow condensation to drain away
  • Proper codes followed including for FIRE if going through a fire wall
  • Appropriate caulk used to seal sump covers
  • A U-Tube to mark the operating point
  • Labels with things like the installer’s information

Here are some pictures of what the finished product might look like.

 

Denver Radon Mitigation System Attic Picture  Denver Radon Mitigation System Outside Picture  Denver Radon Mitigation System Roof Picture

Remember the mitigator is creating a house vacuum with the amount of suction force exerted on the soil.  He is creating a “juice box” to seal and suction the radon up and out of the home.  The mitigator is sucking up the radon and venting it out the top away from the living spaces.  The system is changing the amount of air in the home and thereby possibly saving the lives of the people living in that home.

How Denver Radon Mitigation Is Like Sucking On A Juice Box

Denver Radon Mitigation  (Spruce Environmental Technologies) p. 2

Pat Fondren

Radon-I-Nator, LLC

radoninator@ymail.com

720-810-1874

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Why Should Realtors/Brokers Care About Radon in a Home?

Why Should Realtors/Brokers Care About Radon in a Home?

Denver Radon MitigationIn my last article (Christopher Gibson, Denver Real Estate News, 31 January 2016) we discussed why radon is important. It is now known that it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Now let’s discuss why you as a professional need to care about it and why you need to do something about it.

RealtorMag (http://realtormag.realtor.org/sales-and-marketing/handouts-for-customers/for-buyers/5-most-dangerous-hazards-in-home) showed in their article “5 Most Dangerous Hazards in a Home” as #1 being Radon. The radon liability awareness is growing.

As Chris Gibson has said, “This is the time to fix the radon issue. It’s not going to be a priority once you move in. It is easy to overlook because it is not visible and it may not immediately harm you plus it is easy to forget. So now is the time to take care of it.”

Denver Radon MitigationMore buyers are becoming aware that this is a priority and who pays for it is often an issue. Doing their mitigation we (http://radoninatorllc.com/) have seen a wide variety of payment options. Sometimes just the seller pays or just the buyer pays but my favorite happened again just the other day. Seller and Buyer discussed it. The seller agreed to pay for the basic system but they both met us the day of the mitigation so the buyer could decide if he wanted to pay for additional aspects himself. They worked together. I predict that you will see more of this.

For the seller this adds value to their home and for the buyer it is an added benefit to their new home. It is win-win for everyone.

As Peter Pstony (Colorado Homes Sales) has said, “I’m a Real Estate Professional looking out for my clients and this removes my liability. This solidifies my value as a realtor or broker. I educate people.” Among other things he points out, “Why get lung cancer and then mitigate it?”

Denver Radon MitigationAlso, everyone needs to be aware that this is a growing liability. In Pannone v. Grandmaison (1990) the buyer requested that the “Purchaser’s approval” be based on the home inspection with the radon levels being really low as he was extra sensitive to radon due to exposure to radiation while serving in the US Air Force. The levels found were not terribly high for Connecticut but he insisted on canceling the sale and wanted his $18,000 back. The seller refused. The Connecticut Superior Court sided with the buyer and returned all his money. So as radon gas liability awareness grows so does the responsibility of real estate agents and brokers.

Radon history has shown us we could all suffer or we can all work things out for the best for everyone. So as professionals you need to ensure lower liability, healthier homes, and satisfactory payments for mitigation.

Denver Radon MitigationPat Fondren

Radon-I-Nator, LLC

https://radoninatorllc.com/ (There is a 4:40 minute video to see how radon works, a place to check prices, and another way to ask questions.)

radoninator@ymail.com

720-810-1874

 

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Why do we care about radon? – Denver Radon Mitigation

Why do we care about radon? – Denver Radon Mitigation

Denver Radon Mitigation

There are approximately 21,000 radon-related lung cancer deaths per year! Radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers! (Per the EPA). It is a known carcinogen that we breathe into our lungs. It sometimes damages tissue that can reproduce and become cancer.

Denver Radon Mitigation

We want to protect our families, ourselves and any future users such as buyers of the home. Any house can have radon. Colorado has high radon levels! Here is an EPA map showing typical Colorado levels.

Colorado – EPA Map of Radon Zones

Dark Red – Zone 1 (Highest Zone)

Orange – Zone 2 (Middle Zone)

Yellow – Zone 3 (Lower Zone)

Note: Radon is everywhere and the levels may vary within each zone and each county.

Denver Radon Mitigation

Testing is easy and depending on the route you take fairly inexpensive. You have several ways of testing:

  • The least inexpensive way is go to a hardware supply store (EX: Home Depot) and pick up a charcoal canister for about $25 and do it yourself. You will have results in about a week. Or you can go on-line to buy one (see website below)
  • Another way is to use an electronic radon detection device. Depending on the kind you get it runs for 48 hours and then you get an average.
    • You can buy them on-line and do it yourself or have some else do it.

The EPA says anything 4 pCi/L or above needs to be mitigated. They recommend anything above 2 pCi/L be considered too. Once you know your radon levels (shown as pico curies per liter – pCi/L) then you know what your next action should be.

As the EPA says:

Radon is a health hazard with a simple solution.

Test. Fix. Save a life.

Pat Fondren

Radon-I-Nator, LLC

https://radoninatorllc.com/ (There is a 4:40 minute video to see how radon works, a place to check prices, and another way to ask questions.)

radoninator@ymail.com

720-810-1874


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