Radon Gas In Iowa
Iowa has some of the highest average indoor radon levels in the country. Radon is present in all buildings in some levels, and as those levels increase it poses a higher and higher risk.
In order to reduce high concentrations of indoor radon, a number of different radon reduction techniques can be utilized. Generally speaking all of the methods do the same thing; capture the gases before they enter your home and reroute them to a safe external vent point. The technique that you use to accomplish that goal is primarily dependent upon the configuration and layout of your home. To learn more about the basics of radon removal systems see the information below, of follow this link to read about the specific methods of radon mitigation.
Three Steps to Radon Mitigation Systems
These three steps outline the basic principles radon removal in most homes and offices in the Des Moines area. The commonality among ally systems is that the work to reroute the dangerous radon gas from the inside of your home, to an a safe external environment.
Seal Radon Entry Points
Sealing cracks and wall gaps in the basement or buildings foundation significantly increases the overall effectiveness of a radon mitigations system. You want to create an environment where you can contain the radon beneath your home, so that a pressured exhaust system can be installed to capture the gas. This brief video does a great job of explaining the benefits:
Create a Vacuum
Through the use of sealed entry points and continuously operating exhaust fans, a radon vacuum is created. This vacuum pulls the radon from the ground beneath your home and captures it before it gets the opportunity to get inside the building. The number of entry points and the exact methodology used to create the necessary suction is based on how your home was built. This video demonstrates the basic ideas:
Safely Exhaust the Gas
Once the radon is safely contained, the installed vacuum is driven by an exhaust fan through the PVC exhaust piping system where it is released through an exhaust outlet on your roof. The radon poses no threat when released in an outdoor environment because it is quickly diluted by the surrounding natural (and healthy) gasses.