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No. I was wondering the same but thus is how I was told to do it and the fan is rated for outdoors use so I take it that it might have an internal design directing the water safely past the motor. The man who signs my paychecks told me to do it that way so that is how it went in. If I felt it was safety issue or something really totally hacked then I would object. Just because I would personally prefer a different approach does not mean I have good grounds to stand on for objecting. The luxury of having the final say is reserved for the boss not the employee. The end of this year or beginning of next I will have that luxury myself.

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the fan may be rated for outdoors but when it gets to be freezing out and that pipe fills up with snow /ice and water and freezes solid it aint gona work for nothing...unless the constant flow of warmer air keeps it open, I did a quick google and all the systems dont recommend a rain cap....
 

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No. I was wondering the same but thus is how I was told to do it and the fan is rated for outdoors use so I take it that it might have an internal design directing the water safely past the motor. The man who signs my paychecks told me to do it that way so that is how it went in. If I felt it was safety issue or something really totally hacked then I would object. Just because I would personally prefer a different approach does not mean I have good grounds to stand on for objecting. The luxury of having the final say is reserved for the boss not the employee. The end of this year or beginning of next I will have that luxury myself.




the fan may be rated for outdoors but when it gets to be freezing out and that pipe fills up with snow /ice and water and freezes solid it aint gona work for nothing...unless the constant flow of warmer air keeps it open, I did a quick google and all the systems dont recommend a rain cap....



The idea is that you want the air coming out to go straight up, so no cap. And yes, it is warm enough that it won't clog with ice. Any water that goes in will just soak into the pea stone.


This is a standard way of doing this and is pretty reliable. Those fans last a long time and are even better than the ones marketed solely as bathroom exhaust fans.



Whether or not it's worth doing is a whole 'nother ball of wax. Now that people can live past 100 on a regular basis and still be in "good health" for their age, dying at 70 from lung cancer possibly caused by radon could be considered a bad thing.





Personally, I think if you live so long that something such as low amounts of radioactive gas kills you than you're still ahead of the game. There are areas with really high amounts though and areas with low amounts can change suddenly to have more.





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Like in Tango's picture, we have it easier in Canada. We can put the fan in the basement and pipe it directly outside as long as we are within our clearances (taken from natural gas direct vent clearances).
We have high radon levels in the area that I live and work so we got certified for radon mitigation. I'm not sure of American laws but in Canada you don't actually have to be certified. I usually do a system every week or two.
 

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Here in Sask

Here in Sask they really push the Radon evacuation systems in some areas.

From the course I took they say those areas have a high level of uranium decay in the soil.

The thing that surprised me was the fallout from the coal plants was high in uranium. But it's not the radiation that's the problem it has more to do with the heavy metal effect on your kidneys and internal organs. The same thing goes for uranium in the drinking water.
 

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..... I usually do a system every week or two.

50 systems a year? :surprise: Where do you live that you have that much new construction?

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Hey man you have it wrong he's likely isn't doing new housing. He's remediating housing that has been around for years. That's what we do here too.

New housing is different, all subsoil drainage has to the sealed from the house. Then vented through the roof, it's supposed to be air tight from the building.
We have areas where they have radon detectors that sound an alarm.

If you want uranium come to Saskatchewan last count there are six mines still producing. It's not so bad yet, we still need a light for a middle of the night pee.

Reverse osmosis removes uranium from drinking water. Lots of small towns all their water goes through and RO of some kind.
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For us now no holes or gaps between the concrete and ground. It has to stop radon gas. Even sump pump pits and pipes have to be sealed 100%. That opens up a can of worms working on existing diy sump pits. There's no way of sealing them unless a full replacement and people are so cheap they expect a 25$ job because they were flooded. They prefer buying a new tv than paying a plumber.

They only hire the CHEAPEST PLUMBER in town because the insurance forces them to have a legit receipt. My sump pump page gets a lot of views from people trying to get info to do it themselves then they call to get dozens of free estimates radon gas test kit.
Hello. Any educated or otherwise thoughts about living in Limousin which has the highest radon gas levels in France (because of the granite bedrock that emits the radioactive gas) followed by areas like Brittany? Life expectancy is worse for smoker by 30% according to an indepth French study.
 

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Hello. Any educated or otherwise thoughts about living in Limousin which has the highest radon gas levels in France (because of the granite bedrock that emits the radioactive gas) followed by areas like Brittany? Life expectancy is worse for smoker by 30% according to an indepth French study.
Leave. Go to North Africa it’s warmer and less radiation.
 

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Hello. Any educated or otherwise thoughts about living in Limousin which has the highest radon gas levels in France (because of the granite bedrock that emits the radioactive gas) followed by areas like Brittany? Life expectancy is worse for smoker by 30% according to an indepth French study.
Don’t be a pu$$y, radon gas, lead paint and solder, and asbestos are all ok
 

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I believe the origins of Radon gas remediation in homes all started in Pennsylvania do to a Limerick power plant worker setting off radiation detectors at the plant. I was living near that Plant then and I remembered this in the news. I remember at the time, they reported that he and his family were being exposed to an amount of radiation that could increase their risk of developing cancer that could be equated to smoking 100 packs of cigarettes a day. BERKS COUNTY FAMILY SET OFF THE ORIGINAL ALARM ON RADON
 

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that radon is another scam ....a whole industry built on BS.....just like the asbestos here..scare the crap out of people and they will spend a fortune for nothing...
Have to disagree on the radon,we did a courthouse around 20yrs ago and it was built back in 1928,had a basement that had two baths and several floor drains but upstairs plumbing went out to sewer above basement floor and no one knew where basement Plbing went,so I outside looking around and found a small square of concrete 12x12 uncovered,so started uncovering and found a 10ft slab with small opening in middle,opened it up and it was a huge cave that the basement plumbing was draining into,the floor drains had no traps on them and straight air from cave was goin straight into building and radon levels were 10tines above the safe limit and all of our county clerks in the blding have died from some type of weird cancer,we installed traps on each drain and a company came in and put radon pumps on each end of blding and the radon readings dropped way way below the threshold,so I believe radon is deadly in large amounts
 

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I have a brother inlaw who is an agronomist, has a PHD we call him The Dirt Doctor, he says the whole radon scare is b.s. if Radon was really a concern the whole human race would be dying from cancer or whatever ailments, and we are not dead. If I have a customer who questions me about radon I tell them do what makes you comfortable, radon remediation is just a way for people to take your money. It’s much cheaper to open a window. Now I’m not the Radon expert, but when a guy shows up with what looks like a plastic tackle box that looks like it was purchased from Ace Hardware with a computer fan bolted to the side with a lock on it, I’m a little suspicious, especially when he tells a home owner that you need to leave the doors and windows closed. Then shares a report that says X parts per million. Really? You got a measurement like that from a plastic tackle box made in China?
 

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I have a brother inlaw who is an agronomist, has a PHD we call him The Dirt Doctor, he says the whole radon scare is b.s. if Radon was really a concern the whole human race would be dying from cancer or whatever ailments, and we are not dead. If I have a customer who questions me about radon I tell them do what makes you comfortable, radon remediation is just a way for people to take your money. It’s much cheaper to open a window. Now I’m not the Radon expert, but when a guy shows up with what looks like a plastic tackle box that looks like it was purchased from Ace Hardware with a computer fan bolted to the side with a lock on it, I’m a little suspicious, especially when he tells a home owner that you need to leave the doors and windows closed. Then shares a report that says X parts per million. Really? You got a measurement like that from a plastic tackle box made in China?
It's a game of calculated risk. How much lead in a fitting is ok?
 

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Here, all new construction need the basement sealed for radon. Also in effect radon pipe chases must be installed in every building ready to accept radon removal equipment and pipes. The GC if I'm not mistaking has to have the soil tested and install the equipment.

For us plumbers it's also problematic, I now refuse most sumps pumps replacement because 99.9% of sump pits are not radon proof. Second major problem if the pump fails and floods the basement it'll be hell on earth to get insurance renewal which equals loss of the plumbing licence.
 
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