A look inside failed, improperly installed Radon Mitigation Systems - Get the facts from Wisconsin Radon Services
PROJECT: Residential Radon Mitigation System Repair - Fitchburg, Wisconsin
This Fitchburg, Wisconsin homeowner reached out Wisconsin Radon Services LLC last month extremely concerned that the previous Radon Mitigation Contractor they hired did not correctly install their Mitigation System. What many property owners don't realize is that your Radon Mitigation System won't effectively reduce the radon levels throughout your home or business unless it's properly installed, specific to your house.
This inspection will show you first hand why it's very important to hire a certified and licensed radon mitigation company whether your testing for radon, installing a new system, or in this case, repairing a radon mitigation system. Please click on any image below to view a larger display.
HERE'S A DETAILED LIST OF THE INSTALL ERRORS WE FOUND
The bottom of the pipe ends 8" above the basement floor. The mitigator (who is still in business) put a plastic screen over the bottom of the pipe.
The fan is inside the basement.
There is no riser outside the house. The pipe goes through the rim board and exhausts directly outside at ground level.
There are several SERIOUS errors with this installation. The way the radon mitigator installed the system it is pulling conditioned air from above the slab (in the basement) and exhausting to outside. This is not only dangerous but costly for the homeowner.
The fan is sucking heated or cooled air depending on the season out of the house (at an approximate rate of 170 cubic feet per minute). A back draft could be created which pulls dangerous carbon monoxide from the gas water heater or furnace into the house. It could also help pull the radon gas into the house at an even faster rate. Remember, The State of Wisconsin does not require a Radon Mitigator be Certified to install these systems but you can be assured Wisconsin Radon Services LLC is.
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