Well, it’s a relatively easy fix. In financial terms you’re
probably looking at $2000 to $2500 - the price of a new
In simplistic terms, one or more holes (as appropriate) are
drilled through the basement slab to access the soil area
below. Pipework - think toilet waste pipe - is sealed into the
hole and fed up through the roof (again just like your toilet
vent pipe). Obviously, the pipework would be concealed in
the walls of any living space.
The radon gas below the slab is release via this vent pipe
into the atmosphere. Often an in-line exhaust fan is fitted in
the attic to help suck out the offending gas.
Any holes, cracks, etc. around the basement would be
Where do I go for further advice?
You are welcome to contact Brooks Home Inspections for free, impartial advice.
Graeme Brooks is a Certified Home Inspector based in Calgary. As such he is a generalist in the
various areas of residential home construction and not an expert in the field of radon in the home
but he has researched the topic extensively and is happy to share what he has learnt. He does
not offer radon testing or mitigation services, so has no vested interest in any advice he offers.
You can also get more information from the following sources - just click on the links:
Health Canada - Radon: What You Need To Know