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Radon Mitigation System Location
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Radon System Specifications
Q. Why can't I install my radon fan in the basement?
A. A radon fan is designed to draw radon up from under the foundation of your home and out of the house. If a leak were to form above the radon fan installed in the basement, the radon would be drawn into your home. Since radon is colorless and odorless you may not realize the problem for years.
A. An unused chimney could be used to route the pipe through the house, but the placement of the fan in the attic space may be difficult.
A sewer vent is not a good options for a radon pipe. It could be smelly and potentially dangerous.
Q. Why can't I vent my radon pipe out the side of my house?
A. Radon facts show that radon can reenter the house through an open window or through cracks. For this reason it's better to send the radon straight up, out and away from the house.
A. Sealing can help, but doesn't completely fix the issue. It can be hard to seal every crack and a new crack can form at any time. Plus the life span of the caulk is lessened in a moist basement environment.
Q. What size radon pipe should I use for my system?
A. When in doubt use 4" PVC, but there are some instances when 3" pipe will work.
Q. How do I install/read my radon mitigation system manometer?
A. Watch this video or see this page for step-by-step instructions.
Q. Do I hear water in my radon pipe?
A. Probably. Condensation can accumulate in the radon vent pipe.