New Construction Radon Mitigation can be very effective in reducing the risk of radon gas buildup in your home. Radon mitigation in new construction is much less expensive than mitigation in existing homes. It’s also more cost-effective because the pipes are shorter and can be hidden in the walls. Some contractors even route the pipe so it is easier to install a fan later on. Building codes may dictate the way the pipes are installed. To find out which codes apply to your home, visit the International Residential Code’s Appendix F.
How important is a Radon mitigation ?
Radon mitigation is an important part of a healthy home. Because radon levels are high in Southwestern Ontario, builders are looking for ways to ensure that their homes are safe. They have found that the best way to do this is to start the mitigation process during construction. Builders can use a variety of techniques to mitigate radon levels, including using sub-slab depressurization systems. Typical systems include a pipe under the foundation floor that meets a soil gas collector. This pipe allows air to circulate underneath the concrete slab foundation.
New construction radon mitigation is not mandatory, but many cities and municipalities have adopted radon-resistant building codes. If you are planning to build a new home in your area, it’s a good idea to watch two informative videos that explore the dangers of radon and how it can be mitigated during new construction. The videos are geared toward home builders and contain expert narration by Dr. Paul Houle.