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Do-It-Yourself Manual

Protecting 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.

Cost: $29.95
S&H (priority mail) $  3.95
Total $33.90

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or call 719-632-1215

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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 radon reduction.

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 are described.

Chapter 10:  Safety
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 construction.
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

            To contact us:

Colorado Vintage Companies, Inc.
525 E Fountain Blvd; Colorado Springs, CO  80903
Phone:  719-632-1215; Fax:  719-632-9607

Last modified: 06/04/04