Why Radon Mitigations Leak Water at all? The answer is that they don’t however there is a problem of sweating and condensation. As the summer days arrive and the temperature continues to rise, we face a problem of sweating. We rarely get calls of our installed system but yeah! We do get calls of sweating problems on a system installed by other companies.
One of the factors of Radon Systems leaking water is the type of Radon Pipe some installers use when installing Radon Mitigation Systems. We at lifetime Radon Solutions use what’s called a schedule 40 PVC Cellular Core Piping. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, it a name of a material of which the pipe is made up of. Schedule represents the thickness of the pipe also it means the amount of pressure and temperature the pipe can bear. Schedule 40 PVC is considered as a standard for Radon Mitigation System. Schedule 80 PVC can bear much more temperature and pressure as compared to schedule 40 pipe. Schedule 20 PVC which is just opposite to that of all other causes leaking because they have a thin core lining and can bear much less pressure and temperature. Some installer uses this because of the following reasons i.e. either they don’t that core lining and thickness matters in radon systems or they just want to save money which in later run causes a lot of problems along with become really costly for the owner when leaking starts to happen.
Most homes where we install Radon Mitigation System have basements and our installed system uses the drain pipe of the house for moving radon gas from the basement all the way up to the attic. The gas coming from below have a temperature of around 50 degrees but the temperature outside is really hot and it can get as hot as like 100 degrees so when the Gas from the bottom reaches the top on a hot summer day and above this if a piping of 20 schedule PVC is used then surely the dripping and leaking will start to take place.
Another reason can be the number of bends in a pipe taking the Radon gas from the bottom to all the way up to the top. When there are a lot of bends then turbulence factor is surely to take place and we know that turbulence causes the air to tumble and lets say the icing on a cake that if the installer has used a pipe of low thickness like that of 20 schedule PVC and it’s a hot day and the pipe has bends then the leaking will surely to happen no matter what you do.