Proper Radon System Operation

The U-tube

Every week you should take a look at the U-tube on the Radon system vent pipe in the basement. This simple practice can tell you many things.

Check that the levels are uneven, that's showing a vacuum draw. If both sides are at zero or level, there are a few things that could cause this:

What if you hear 'gurgling?'

The exact opposite situation from what I described above, can happen when something is blocking the bottom of the vent pipe in the basement. The U-tube may show a resistance a little above 2” or above 4,” depending on which fan was installed.

This is almost always caused by water. This causes a gurgling sound towards the bottom.

Go to the sump pit and service the sump pump. Either the pump is no longer working or the float is stuck, preventing it from turning on.

Take the lid off the pit and replace the pump or float. Reseal the pit by cleaning off the old caulk and reseal using clear silicone caulk. The putty around the ejector pipe can be reused.

If you do not have a sump pit/pump, it may be still be caused by water but you have no way to pump it out. You may have to wait for the soil under the slab to dry out.

A better fix is to add a suction point further down the foundation and connect it to the original suction point. There will be a fee for this but it will alleviate the problem.

Another thing to check is whether or not the system is drawing air from your home. You do not want this to happen because it will cause a loss in heating and cooling, costing you money.

Sometimes there will be a structural shift by the foundation wall or slab. If a large gap forms where the wall and slab meet, or if a crack in the slab develops, it may need to be sealed.

To check, light an incense stick and hold it near the gap or crack. If the smoke gets drawn down into the slab then it will need to be sealed.

Use a polyurethane-based caulk, not silicone. Silicone will not adhere to concrete long term and can shrink/pull away, whereas polyurethane doesn't shrink or pull away and lasts much longer.

Bugs in the fan.

Does the Radon Mitigation Fan Make Loud Noises?

Here are a few of the typical causes:

Quieting Radon Mitigation Fan Noise

We have a few tricks to quiet a system, and do not charge for this, but sometimes one system will be louder than another. We will do all we can to quiet a system. Keep in mind that when you have something new, like a Radon system, you will be listening for it. It is a fan and it moves air. Normally you will not be able to hear it inside the home, but you might.

I have a large fan right above our den and can not hear it, but if I sat in that room listening for it, I bet I would. Consider your furnace operating or your air conditioner. They should be much louder then our system but after while you don’t notice them. I recommend you live your life day to day and try not to listen for the fan/system. Play the radio or TV, or even get into a book, and you will notice the noise less and less. It's not that uncommon for a customer to ask us back to quiet a system, and once we arrive we have to stand still and listen for it. It may not be noticeable when we walk in. Some people have more sensitive hearing, and in that situation, there may not be much we can do.

As a last resort, a muffler can be installed on the system at a cost, but they do reduce air flow.

Keep in mind that you should do a Radon test at a minimum of every two years to ensure your Radon levels are staying low. You can purchase one from your local hardware/home improvement store, online, or buy one from us.

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