Baby, it is cold outside, so cold that you may even have a frozen Radon pipe. This time of year can be difficult. The last few days have been so cold that we have not installed any systems or performed tests. Our employees’ safety comes first. Also, glue won’t even work in this weather, which is a major issue. There have been a lot of frozen Radon pipes this week.
If Your Radon System Gauge Reads 0-0
Customers have called about their system’s gauges showing a 0-0. This could mean a few things:
- The tube came out on the gauge or PVC pipe and just needs to be re-inserted.
- The fan has died, seized up or accidentally turned off.
- Most likely with this weather the top of the pipe has developed a frost cap or ice cap meaning you have a frozen Radon pipe. Moisture is being vented along with the Radon. When it is this cold with high winds the moisture can freeze very quickly and adhere to the edge of the pipe. Over time with sustained cold temps it builds up and can completely cover the top of the pipe.
When the top of the pipe is blocked and the pipe is frozen it will show a 0-0 on the gauge. Luckily, temps normally raise enough after a cold snap and that takes care of it.
What Should You Do?
Leave the fan running so it will help blow the frost off once it melts enough. Long term Radon exposure affects your health. A few days without the fan running is OK. If the gauge still shows a 0-0 after a good warm up then you need to call for service.