Open sump pump pits are bad for basements for a couple of reasons. An open pit allows water in the bottom of the sump pit to evaporate back into the basement air and causes musty odors. When radon gas is present, an open pit gives radon open access to your home as the gas emits from beneath the slab and leaks into your basement. To correct both of these problems, it's important to have a sump pump liner with an air-tight lid. This Hillsboro, Illinois homeowner contacted us to replace their open sump pit. Woods Basement Systems can retrofit a radon mitigation system for existing sump pump pits to draw the gas from underneath the slab and ventilate it outside.
This Decatur, Illinois commercial building needed four radon mitigation fans to drop the radon level to below the set standard. (Only one shown here)
Radon gas is naturally occurring and the only way to know if it is present within your home is to conduct a test. There are some general patterns that can be traced, but just because radon is present in your neighbor's home, doesn't mean it is in yours. When we tested this Champaign, Illinois home, radon levels came in at an 8.1, which is well above the standard. We installed a radon mitigation system, and these homeowners no longer have to worry about the health of their family. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.
The colored water in the tubing should not be level if the radon fan is working. When the fluid is unbalanced, this means the the fan is working and drawing on the tubing. Our radon fan appliance cover may be installed on the exterior of the home.
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