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Do-It-Yourself Manual

Protecting Your Home From Radon© (2nd Edition)

PYHR_3 a.jpgNow Available -  Video of Do-It-Yourself Program based on the Book "Protecting Yourself from "Radon ©"  -  View Video Here (1:52:26)

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. 

PYHR_a.jpgThe 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 for Book $35

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Chapter 1: Health Effects
A discussion of the risks associated with radon.
 
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 2: Measurements
A summary of the most common measurement methods.
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 3: Radon Entry
An explanation of radon entry and how it is minimized by mitigation systems that employ active soil depressurization techniques (ASD).
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 4: Crawl Space Systems
A detailed description of how sub-membrane depressurization systems are installed in homes with crawl spaces.
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 5: Drainage Based Systems
How existing sups and drain tiles can be modified for cost-effective radon reduction.
Chapter 11: New Home Systems
How to install cost-effective radon control systems during new home construction.
Chapter 6: Sub-Slab Systems
How sub-slab depressurization systems are designed and installed in basement, slab-on-grade and multi-level homes.
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.

 

What’s New?

 

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GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR RADON PROFESSIONALS!!

Feb 2013 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a policy for the identification of and mitigation of radon in FHA Multifamily mortgage applications – CERTI course Conducting Surveys in Schools and Large Buildings covers the unique aspects of large building surveys and includes numerous resources to help you conduct these surveys as well as an explanation and copy of the AARST Protocols which are to be followed as a part of the HUD requirements.  - Preview of Course

More information on the HUD Policy  - An audio interview with Peter Hendrick, Executive Director of AARST and Shawn Price, President of AARST
 

Canada

Now Available - Canada Entry Level Radon Measurement and Mitigation Courses
Recently updated to comply with Health Canada Protocols (Feb 2013)

All CERTI CE Courses approved for Canada (CNRPP)

 

PA

 

ALL CERTI Courses Now Accepted by PA -
As of July 1, 2012 the state of Pennsylvania now accepts ALL CERTI entry level and CE Courses!

 

New 8 CE Course Approved and Ready!

Design and Installation of Radon and Soil Gas Collection Systems in New Building Construction
Recorded at the 2012 Region 8 Stakeholders Meeting