An efficient mitigation system can eliminate radon, a radioactive gas, from your home. But as with many systems, the installation can develop faults, keeping your home at risk. However, there are steps you can take to keep your equipment efficient and reliable. Here are a few practical maintenance tips.
1. Examine the Warning Device
The EPA recommends installing a warning system to alert you when your radon mitigation equipment is not working. The device could be an alarm, a gauge, or an indicator. You ought to place it in a location where it will be easy to hear or see it.
After the residential radon testing and setup is complete, you should make a point of checking the equipment periodically. In most installations, the device is often around the vent pipe that disperses radon from your home.
2. Check the Manometer
A manometer is part of a radon prevention system that measures the pressure underneath crawlspaces. It has a U-shaped tube which indicates the relationship between airflow in the interior and the suction effect of the fan. It is worth noting that it does not indicate radon levels in your home.
Check the fluid on the U-shaped manometer. If it is the same level, it is an indication that your fan is not working correctly. But an uneven reading is a sign that the system is running.
3. Assess the Function of the Fan
If the manometer indicates that the system is not working, you might want to troubleshoot your equipment. One reason the fan may not be running could be due to a power outage. Also, the fan could have been disconnected from its electrical outlet.
The manometer may show negative results if it is unconnected to where it links with the vent pipe. If you troubleshoot the equipment and it’s still not working, consult a radon mitigation professional as soon as possible.
4. Take Precautions When Remodeling Your Home
The EPA recommends hiring a qualified contractor to install your system. Your radon prevention equipment can be affected by remodeling work around the premises.
Technicians working on other parts of your home can accidentally unplug some of the components. Additionally, changes in the structural design of the house can impact the efficiency of your mitigation system. That’s why it is always advisable to perform residential radon testing after the project.
5. Documentation and a Follow-up Residential Radon Test
During installation, the contractor must label parts of the system for future reference. Documentation will simplify the process of troubleshooting a piece of malfunctioning equipment.
You may also consider scheduling residential radon testing 30 days after the installation of an abatement system. After the first test, it is recommended that you carry out follow-up tests every two years to ascertain radon levels.
The quality of the radon mitigation equipment installation will determine how long it remains efficient. Each home has varying structural features that may need a unique solution. Regardless of the system you have, you should pay attention to the warning signs. Call a contractor when problems arise. For more information on radon gas testing as well as radon mitigation and abatement services, call Affordable Radon Services LLC.