Many people think about radon in the depths of winter as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has chosen the first month of the year (and coldest in many parts of the country) as the time to roll out its information about radon. This way short term testing can still occur in the months that often Americans’ homes are closed up and more likely to reflect a concentrated amount of radon gas on the test results. And the last couple years I have encouraged people during January to test (as it is the only way you will ever know if you have a radon problem). Public service announcements, targeted dates to release video, newspaper articles etc… are created for an especially hard hit in January.
BUT, the depths of summer are also a good time to think about radon if you are taking advantage of these long days to build a home. In fact, you can reduce future mitigation if your January test is high, by including radon evacuating piping into your foundation plans before you pour a slab and get on with the finishing of your building before the fall snows hit. If you are building yourself or having a contractor part out the individual tasks to sub-contractors, you might want to take a look at Ilya Benesch’s two films on our YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EOt-iyk5MA for the short five minute summary on super insulated slabs with radon piping included, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwz4yPgv3XA for the more detail version of a dozen minutes. This longer video uses the designation popular with the EPA and National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) entitled “RRNC”, or Radon Resistant New Construction. Both videos are also on the site of Illya’s employer, the Cold Climate Housing Research Center at www.cchrc.org. If you have any other questions on these techniques of including radon escapement routes into your foundation (or radon testing concerns), feel free to contact myself at our Radon Hotline number of 1-800-478-8324.