Ohio Basement Authority Case Studies: Creating a Safer Home in Chandlersville, OH, With Radon Mitigation

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 by Holly Richards-Purpura

Challenge

When they moved into their house after it was built three years ago, homeowners in Chandlersville, OH, knew they would be living in the house for many years. This is why they felt it was important to maintain a safe and healthy home. Recently the owners began to question their home’s safety, and they wondered if radon was affecting the health of their home.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the decay of uranium in soil and rocks. Radon is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, making it virtually undetectable without the proper testing. This gas also is extremely hazardous. It has been linked to more than 20,000 annual deaths, and it is the second-leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is measured in picocuries per liter (pCi/L). No level of radon is safe. Even 1 pCi/L is equal to 2.5 cigarettes a day. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends mitigating radon when levels reach 4 pCi/L, and the World Health Organization’s radon action level is 2.7 pCi/L.

Taking all of these factors into consideration, the homeowners wanted to take the necessary steps to address radon in their home. 

Solution

The homeowners had their home tested for radon, and the results indicated the home’s radon level was 4 pCi/L, exactly the amount at which the EPA suggests mitigation.

The owners then began to research companies that would be able to assist with removing radon from their home. After meeting with our Patrick Moonan, the homeowners were eager for us to install a radon mitigation system.

One of our expert crews did this by first drilling a hole into the concrete basement floor. This hole serves as a suction point which allows radon to be drawn out of the home. Pipes were connected to this hole, and they were directed into the attached garage and into the attic above. These pipes were connected to a ventilation fan in the attic, and another pipe was directed from the fan through the roof. This allows the radon gas to be safely expelled outside of the home.

The homeowners now have peace of mind knowing this effective system will help create a healthier living environment that they will be able to enjoy for many years to come.  

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Inspector: Patrick Moonan

Products Installed: Radon Mitigation System

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