Is it time to have my Radon Mitigation System serviced?
This is a question we get often from new homeowners who have purchased a home with an existing radon mitigation system. Most homeowners are aware they have the system but beyond that, they know nothing about its history nor how it works. This is the time we get a phone call and asked some questions.
In this article, we will cover the basic information you should know about the existing radon mitigation system in your home.
The Manometer Vacuum Gauge
What is it and how do I know my radon fan is working?
This is the visual gauge that tells you if your radon fan is running and at what static pressure. All active radon mitigation systems are required to have a manometer installed so you can see if the radon fan is working.
The gauge on the main suction point is only showing a suction level. This is unique to each home and fan combination. So, if you look at the gauge on your neighbors mitigation system, it may read much differently.
The gauge should always have one side higher than the other. If it is level, this is cause for concern.
But before you panic, take the following steps to investigate what could possibly be causing this reading.
- Is the hose connecting the vacuum to the PVC pipe there?
- Are all your breakers on?
- Is the service switch, located next to the fan, in the on position?
If none of the above bring your vacuum gauge back to life, it’s time to have a Certified Radon technician come and look at the fan.
The Radon Mitigation Fan
Why is my radon fan making a loud noise?
If your fan begins to make loud noises, there might be something that has gotten lodged or stuck in your fan or it could be a sign that the fan is starting to go out.
Either way, call and speak to one of our certified Radon Mitigation technicians to troubleshoot what could be going on.
The average life span of a fan is 7-12 years. Unfortunately, like all things mechanical, some fans won’t last as long as others. The fan is crucial to the success of your Radon Mitigation System and should be cared for as such.
Keep an eye and ear out for changes in the fan and vacuum gauge, catching things early could save you money.
Do you have additional questions or need help with your existing Radon Mitigation System?
Certified Radon is here to help.
Every system installed by Certified Radon has a vacuum pressure gauge. This indicates if the fan is creating an effective sub-slab vacuum. We recommend you check the gauge monthly and after any major storms. This will ensure that the fan is functioning properly. However, the only way to know what the radon levels are in the home is with periodic testing.