Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
I know what you mean Raffy!
My current body killing job came about when I tested for Radon in my home. Found a pretty high level, and have been researching the mitigation methods for a while now. It would be easy if I had a nice bed of gravel under the basement slab. Of course I don't! Drilled a couple test holes and found that the slab is pretty much poured on top of clay.
The mitigation method of choice is "Sub Slab Depressurization" If it had been on gravel, one pipe through the slab and out to a radon fan, exhausted above the roof would work. Unfortunately, I have to have multiple penetrations.
On top of that, I discovered that the slab is 7-8" thick!!!! Questioned the builder (lived here until he built a new home just down the street) and found that he was not happy with the contractor who poured the slab, and had him pour another one on top of it.
So far, I have core drilled four 5" dia. holes through with a hammer drill, dug out 5 gallons of clay from under each of them, still have to drill and dig one more. Bending over those holes and hand digging out the clay has just about killed my back!
Then I have to run 3" pipe up from each one and connect them all together with horizontal pipes in the basement ceiling and out the wall to the radon fan. That is going to be a bit of a nightmare in itself.
Radon was not much of an issue in CA, but here in TN it is a common problem.
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