If you live in Colorado, then you’ve undoubtedly heard about radon gas and its dangers. We often talk about radon gas coming up through your home’s foundation or through the basement, but what about your crawl space? Can radon leak in through the crawl space to the rest of your home – and if so, what can you do about it? We’ll address this important question here to provide you with some critical answers.
First Step: Test for Radon
The first and most important step in discovering whether you have radon in your crawl space is to test for radon. You can do this yourself with a radon test kit purchased online or from us for FREE. We provide all Coloradans with a free radon test kit and even pay for the lab fees. If the results come back above the EPA recommended level of 4.0 pci/l then it is time to get the estimate for mitigation.
Will Radon Get to the Rest of My Home?
The short answer is yes. If radon is coming up through your crawl space, it won’t just stay in your crawl space beneath your home, but will find a way to travel up to the rest of your living space. This is why you need to test the livable space ABOVE the crawl space rather than inside of it. We want to know how much radon is making its way into the living area.
What to Do About Crawl Space Radon
If you’ve tested for high levels of radon in your home or crawl space, then you need to do the following:
· Call in the professionals
Call a professional radon mitigation specialist in your area. Using the radon results from your pre-mitigation test they'll give you an estimate on a crawl space mitigation system.
Once high radon levels are established, your radon specialist will recommend a radon removal method. For crawl spaces, a crawlspace membrane is usually installed which helps prevent radon gas from entering your home. If your crawl space has a concrete floor, your technician will likely recommend sub-slab depressurization.
The bottom line? It’s important to test for radon annually and to take appropriate steps to remove it from your home fast. For more information, give us a call.