Your Home From Radon©
D.L. Kladder, Dr. J.F. Burkhart, S.R. Jelinek
The first edition
of this book was written in 1993, to assist what was thought to be an
occasional do-it-yourself homeowner. In reality, the number of
individuals wanting to reduce radon levels themselves was much higher than
anticipated. In addition, the manual was being utilized to better
understand the radon mitigation process prior to hiring a contractor, and to
design systems installed into homes during construction.
The overwhelming success of the book led to the distribution of several
thousand copies to individuals and libraries. Its popularity
identified the need to address the process of hiring contractors and
installing passive and active systems in new home construction. The
second edition, now readily available, has these two substantive additions.
This detailed manual describes the most
common methods for reliably reducing radon in a home. Written in a
non-technical format, the book includes step-by-step instructions and
illustrations to guide homeowners through the radon mitigation process.
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Overview of Chapters:
Chapter 1: Health Effects
A discussions of the risks associated with radon. Designed to
validate the homeowner's concern.
|Chapter 2: Measurements
A summary of the most common measurement methods. Designed to
verify that proper pre-mitigation and post-mitigation measurements are made.
Chapter 3: Radon Entry
An explanation of radon entry and how it is minimized by mitigation
systems that employ active soil depressurization techniques (ASD).
|Chapter 4: Crawl Space Systems
A detailed description of how sub-membrane depressurization systems are
installed in homes with crawl spaces.
Chapter 5: Drainage Based Systems
How existing sups and drain tiles can be modified for cost-effective
|Chapter 6: Sub-Slab Systems
How sub-slab depressurization systems are designed and installed in
basement, slab-on-grade and multi-level homes.
|Chapter 7: Piping Systems
A description of the fans, piping, and indicator systems that are
connected to the three ASD systems detailed in Chapters 4, 5 and 6.
|Chapter 8: Caulking and Sealing
How caulking and sealing are used to improve the performance of ASD
systems and reduce both operating costs and the potential for backdrafting.
Chapter 9: Combining Approaches
How a combination of approaches is used in homes with multiple types of
foundations. Phasing and alternate technologies requiring contractors
An in-depth discussion of safe installation practices, including personal
protective gear and area ventilation. The need to check for
backdrafting and post-mitigation radon testing is emphasized.
|Chapter 11: New Home Systems
How to install cost-effective radon control systems during new home
|Chapter 12: Selecting a Contractor
For people who want to make an educated decision about hiring a
contractor to perform all or part of a mitigation system.
Principals of CVC often give Do-It-Yourself programs. To learn more
about these programs, contact CVC or click on the Western Regional Radon
Training Center website at