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Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...radon gas and stomach cancer, colon cancer and some types of blood cancer.” - David Innes, Radon Environmental Radon evacuation stacks: A radon stack can be passive or active. A properly installed sub-slab barrier and passive stack is a great start, and in higher risk areas or with trickier situations of retrofit...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...radon stack are also a prerequisite under the LEED for Homes program. Radon gas is the second greatest cause of lung cancer after smoking. Rather than using the typical 6 mil polyethylene as a sub-slab vapour barrier, we used a 10 mil barrier and a radon evacuation stack to lower radon gas levels in homes, research s...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...radon stack installation © Radon Works Radon exhaust stacks - placement to avoid freezing in cold climates Radon stacks are often brought up through the walls and vented out through the roof like a plumbing stack. The intention of that design is to keep it far enough from open windows to prevent the radon g...

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

...Radon gas symptoms? Radon is an odorless, colourless, radioactive and carcinogenic gas. There are no immediate symptoms of exposure to radon and no way to sense if you are in an environment with unsafe levels of radon - except by Radon testing for existing homes, with Radon remediation for homes with high Radon level...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...radon gas has not yet become common knowledge with designers and builders, some building codes already require the installation of at least a soil-gas membrane and the rough-in of a radon mitigation stack that can be activated in the event that the finished house has high levels. Some level of radon gas is present ever...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...radon level. We also installed a Radostat , which is a continuous radon monitor that activates the HRV system when levels hit 150 Bq /m3, which is 50 lower than Health Canada’s current radon guideline of 200 Bq /m3. With the help of Radon Environmental , Air Solutions and SAF Combustion , we have been monitoring the ...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...radon , and if initial tests prove positive take radon mitigation measures and install a SMART radon tester and alarm for complete peace of mind. Choose the right air filter for your home with the appropriate MERV rating. Home air quality is a growing issue as homes become more energy efficient and airtight . Venti...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...Radon Mitigation , this will also act as a radon gas barrier to protect indoor air quality, and it will satisfy building inspectors who are not accustomed to seeing a wall without a vapour barrier and may not allow you to continue. Radon gas prevention and remedial insulation in basements © Ecohome Note: the ab...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...Radon Mitigation , this will also act as a radon gas barrier to protect indoor air quality, and it will satisfy building inspectors who are not accustomed to seeing a wall without a vapour barrier and may not allow you to continue. Radon gas prevention and remedial insulation in basements © Ecohome Note: the ab...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...radon stack, central vac, power conduits, etc.) was put in place next, below the coming insulation and concrete. We used insulated water pipes courtesy of Uponor for greater energy efficiency. Plumbing infrastructure © Ecohome You need to be very sure about the placement of plumbing at this point as concrete is...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...stack effect. Warm air rises, forcing air out the top portion of your home and drawing in cold air from the bottom to replace it. How much air will be changed depends on how well-sealed your home is. While natural convection will offer a certain amount of new air, with most new homes it just isn't sufficient. Prope...