Radon Testing Photo Album: Radon Mitigation, Crawl Space Encapsulation in Westport, CT
Radon can get into your home through cracks and openings in the foundation. A crawl space foundation with exposed dirt is like a window that's always open. Radon moves up through the soil and into the crawl space air. From there it migrates upward through your floorboards into the first floor of your home. Reducing the flow of radon into a crawl space is more challenging than it is in a basement. Many radon contractors suggest that you vent your crawl space to reduce radon. Yes, open vents in the crawl space can allow radon to escape, but venting the crawl space can do more harm than good. Crawl space ventilation can lead to many problems throughout your home, including: Mold growth Wood rot Frozen pipes Cold floors High energy bills If venting the crawl space isn't the best solution for reducing radon in a crawl space, then what is? Crawl spaces should be sealed and encapsulated with a continuous vapor barrier. That is what we did, alongside installing a Radon Mitigation System.