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Will sealing all cracks and holes in my basement walls help to reduce radon levels?

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Question: Will sealing all cracks and holes in my basement walls help to reduce radon levels?
Top Answer (56% of 97 votes): Yes.

Answer: Yes
Explanation: Sealing cracks and other openings in the foundation is a basic part of most approaches to radon reduction. Sealing the cracks limits the flow of radon into your home, thereby making other radon reduction techniques more effective and cost-efficient. It also reduces the loss of conditioned air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not recommend the use of sealing alone to reduce radon because, by itself, sealing has not been shown to lower radon levels significantly or consistently. It is difficult to identify and permanently seal the places where radon is entering. Normal settling of your home opens new entry routes and reopens old ones. Radon reduction requires more than just sealing cracks in the foundation. In fact, caulking and sealing of foundation openings, on its own, has proven not to be a reliable or durable technique. However, sealing is done in conjunction with other mitigation steps. For more detailed information on reduction techniques refer to: https://sosradon.org/reducing-radon-in-your-home -and- https://www.abe.iastate.edu/extension-and-outreach/radon-reduction-methods-a-homeowners-guide/
Dean Schurger, Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH© 1990-2018)
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: A specialist in this area would have to answer this for you.
Pinkerton Inspection Agency LLC
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: I do not inspect for radon.
Harris Business Professionals
ProMatcher
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: I'm not a migitagor, so I can't answer those quesitons.
Minnesota Mold Inspection, LLC
Answer: No
Explanation: Radon gas infiltrates homes through basement slabs. Filling cracks and holes in the foundation and slabs will do little to reduce levels within the home.
Shedhorn Inspection Services, LLC
Answer: No
Explanation: Sealing alone will not work. We have tried this on marginal properties at the 3.5 - 4.3 pCi/L range and it has never been successful.
Mass Radon
ProMatcher
Answer: No
Explanation: Radon is a gas and as such will come into the home through the foundation floor as well as the walls. Modern building methods have greatly reduced the amount of radon coming in, but too be safe I would recommend having it tested.
Four County Home Inspection Service, LLC
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Doing so will prevent the entry of gasses into your home and also add to the energy efficiency of the house.
Moran Property Inspections
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Usually... somewhat depends on individual situation. sometimes french drain with resealing earth side of wall or foundation. Sometime venting also.
North State Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Yes it could.
Royalty Home Solutions, Inc
Answer: No
Explanation: It depends on where you live, some areas do not have a radon problem, others do. Research radon, it is not an issue were I work so I can not say for sure.
Scheidt Home Inspection
Answer: Yes
Explanation: The radon gas enters the resident from the soils below the slab. A sealed slab will decrease the amount of radon present in the basement area.
Worsley Inspections LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: radon seep's from the ground, so plugging all hole's will reduce level's
Huskey Home Inspection, LLC
Answer: Yes
Explanation: It will help but not totally mitigat. Recommend qualified radon mitigation contractor correct.
Millyard Home Inspection
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: Radon can enter the home through the floor as well, so sealing the walls is no guarantee .
Contractors Corp.
ProMatcher
Answer: No
Explanation: No radon has several ways of entering a basement
At Ease Home Inspection
Answer: No
Explanation: It may slow the entry, but it is suggested that it be mitigated at the source.
Look First Homes, LLC
Answer: Yes
Explanation: yes, but radon can come up through floor cracks.
Midwest Home, Inc.
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: It can but it is up to how high the levels are in a home. Concrete is till pourous and will allow soil gas to escape into the home
Honest Home Inspections & Milwaukee Mold Inspector
Answer: No
Explanation: Radon gas is produced naturally deep inside Mother Earth and radiates to the surface. Since most foundations are made from material found in the ground sealing holes and cracks will have no beneficial effect. Proper Mitigation of radon gas is to install a vacuum pump to draw gases from beneath your foundation and vent to atmosphere.
House and Home Inspection Services
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: A licensed professional Radon Mitigator should evaluate your need for a mitagation system.
Home Inspection Solutions
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Sealing cracks and holes will help reduce radon levels but should NEVER be considered adequate radon mitigation without testing to confirm the results.
J. Michael Simon, LLC
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Sealing cracks and holes will help reduce radon levels but should NEVER be considered adequate radon mitigation without testing to confirm the results.
Rightway Residential Home Inspections
Answer: Yes
Explanation: The sealing of all routes of air migration from the soil to the basement is a first line of defense.
Texas Mold Consultants
ProMatcher
Answer: No
Explanation: This type of gas leaks up through the ground.
Your Home Property Consultants
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: There are measures to take to reduce Radon. However Radon testing is not part of the home inspection
Doyle Wayne General Services
Answer: Yes
Explanation: with the proper sealing, it will help
Medical Mold Relief LLC
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: In some homes a mitigation system needs installed.
Clearview Home Inspections Eccl.9:10
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Sealings cracks and holes in a home help reduce radon entering a home, but has not been found adequate by itself. Every home should be tested in Iowa due to the high levels found in our soil.
Corley Home Inspections, LLC
Answer: Yes
Explanation: A mitigation system should also be installed.
North Dynamic Inspections
ProMatcher
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Some times.
ATM Home Inspection
Answer: Not sure
Explanation: It might, but radon gas can penetrate concrete
JKM Home Inspections
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