I am in the process of purchasing a new house and I had a home inspection
last week. I just found out last night that the radon test came back at 7.2
(vs. the EPA standard of 4). I know that many people think this is a lot to
do about nothing, but since I am frequently transferred by my company and
need to worry about resale, I need to have the problem addressed.
The homeowner did have a 4" PVC pipe installed in the basement floor that
goes underneath the slab. The problem I have is that I don't like running
the PVC outside and up the side of the house. Normally, the pipe is a
bright white and it will stand out like a sore thumb on this house. What
are my options? I assume that I could run the PVC out to the garage and
then up through the roof....or just up through a closet in the house. This
is a ranch, so there is no 2nd floor to worry about. Are there any other
options? Any way to connect to a gutter downspout?
Also, given the installed pipe, how much is this likely to cost either the
current homeowner or me?
<< Normally, the pipe is a bright white and it will stand out like a sore
thumb on this house. >>
Should it become necessary to run an outside vent extension, consider using
electrical grade PVC which is usually gray in color and is UV reistant. If that
is too garish for your situation, a good paint store will have PVC specific
paint to match the hous color. A climbing ivy could cover it as well.
<< Also, given the installed pipe, how much is this likely to cost either the
current homeowner or me? >>
$500...$1000...$1500..can't be estimated from here with any precision.
Whatever, good luck.
If you are health conscious and want to avoid causes of cancer find
another house. Smoking multiplies the risk. Whatever you paid for
the inspection was well worth the cost. Generally, there are higher
levels in the lowest level of the house and levels fluctuate from
season to season.
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