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SANI-TRED Radon Products

Radon, a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas, is a silent menace lurking in many homes, especially in basements and crawl spaces. This naturally occurring gas is a byproduct of the decay of uranium in soil and rocks. While radon is all around us in the outdoor environment, it becomes a serious health concern when it infiltrates indoor spaces and accumulates to high levels. In this comprehensive exploration, we will delve into what radon is, why it poses a threat, and how Sani-Tred products are the most effective solution for eliminating radon from basements.

Radon: The Hidden Danger

1. Radon Formation

To understand the significance of radon gas, we must first comprehend its origins. Radon is produced through the radioactive decay of uranium, a naturally occurring element found in varying concentrations in soil and rock. Uranium decays into radium, which in turn decays into radon gas. This gas is chemically inert and typically does not interact with other substances in the environment.

2. Health Risks

The insidious nature of radon lies in its radioactivity and the damage it can inflict on living organisms. Radon gas is a source of alpha radiation, which, when inhaled, can damage the lung tissues. Prolonged exposure to elevated radon levels is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Radon-induced lung cancer claims thousands of lives each year.

3. Entry into Homes

Radon enters homes primarily through the ground. It can seep into buildings through cracks and gaps in the foundation, through the porosity of the foundation, basement walls and floors. The pressure difference between the inside and outside of a building can create a vacuum effect, drawing radon gas inside. Additionally, the porosity of concrete and building materials allows radon to migrate through. Some substrates are more porous than others.

Radon Mitigation: The Need for Effective Solutions

Given the grave health risks associated with radon exposure, it is essential to implement effective mitigation strategies to reduce indoor radon levels. Traditional radon mitigation involves encouraging radon gas to enter through piping then venting it outside. Radon elimination is the most effective method because the materials seal out over 99% of all radon so it cannot enter the foundation.

Sani-Tred Products: A Proven Solution

Sani-Tred is a company that specializes in waterproofing and sealing products for basements and other concrete surfaces. Their claim to fame is that their products are highly effective at eliminating radon from basements. To understand why they make this assertion, we need to examine the properties and features of Sani-Tred products that contribute to their potential effectiveness in radon mitigation.

1. Sealing Properties

One of the primary features of Sani-Tred products is their ability to create a durable and waterproof seal within basement surfaces. The first coat is PermaFlex. This coat absorbs/penetrates into the concrete then cures to become as tough as a tire. It becomes permanently impregnated within the concrete. Sani-Tred products molecularly weld to themselves to form a continuous, monolithic seal everywhere the materials are applied. Radon gas can penetrate buildings through the smallest of openings, and a comprehensive sealing solution is crucial for preventing its entry. Sani-Tred products claim to offer a robust barrier against radon intrusion by sealing the points of entry.

2. Chemical Resistance

Radon gas can also move through the soil and concrete, making it essential to have a product that is resistant to chemical penetration. Our products are designed to withstand the pressures exerted by water and moisture thereby enhancing their efficacy in preventing radon from seeping through basement walls and floors.

3. Durability

Sani-Tred emphasizes the durability of its products. The effectiveness of any radon system relies on the durability of the materials used. Our long-lasting products provide a permanent, continuous seal, maintaining their efficacy exceeding the life of the foundation.  

4. Anyone Can Apply

Sani-Tred products can be applied by anyone whether it be the homeowner, a local handyman, painter or contractor. The materials can be brushed, rolled or sprayed. Often basements are sealed in sections. The materials adhere to themselves ‘old to new’ so there’s no weak link between applications.

The Effectiveness of Sani-Tred Products: Real-World Considerations

While Sani-Tred products work regardless of the level of radon, whether the reading is relatively low to very high. The materials have been proven in the lab as well as in the field to seal out over 99% of all radon.  

1. Severity of the Radon Problem

The degree of radon infiltration in a building can vary significantly. Some homes may have only slight traces of radon, while others may have dangerously high levels. The effectiveness of traditional radon mitigation methods may be influenced by the severity of the radon problem, but that is not the case with Sani-Tred products. Traditional radon mitigation methods encourage radon to enter through piping and vents radon outdoors. With Sani-Tred products, it simply stops radon from entering the basement.

2. Building Characteristics

With traditional radon mitigation, the effectiveness can also depend on the specific characteristics of the building. The age and construction materials of the home, as well as the design of the basement can impact the ease with which radon enters and is mitigated. With Sani-Tred products, this is not a concern and does not impact its ability to stop radon from entering.

3. Comprehensive Radon Elimination

Sani-Tred products remain permanently adhered, remain permanently flexible, remains as tough as a tire, waterproof and stops radon in its tracks. The materials so not require ventilation of radon, soil depressurization or any other strategies used by traditional radon mitigation methods.

Sani-Tred Products in Action

To better understand the practical applications of Sani-Tred products in radon elimination, let’s consider a scenario where these products are used in a residential basement.

Scenario: Radon Mitigation in a Residential Basement

Problem: A homeowner discovers elevated levels of radon in their basement. They decide to address the issue to protect their family’s health.

Solution: The homeowner handles the application themselves or hires a local handyman, painter or contractor.


  1. Assessment: Measure the dimensions of the basement. You need to find the number of square footage so you know how much Permaflex you need. Poured concrete needs two coats of PermaFlex while block surfaces require three coats. PermaFlex is applied at the rate of 240 square foot per gallon. The wall/floor junction is sealed using LRB/TAV mixture at a 1” diameter caulk bead. Any joints, cracks, holes, rough areas or around any penetrations are also sealed with LRB (Liquid Rubber Base) mixed with TAV (Thickening Activator). The application is outlined and shown step by step on this page.
  2. Preparation: The basement is prepared for applying. Make sure all surfaces are clean, dry, free of any previous applied products and foreign matter. Poured concrete floors should be acid etched then neutralized according to the instructions that come with the materials. If anyone has any questions about preparation, the application itself or need help calculating the amount of materials needed, don’t hesitate to give us a call 866-784-3308 or email us through our website.

Results: The homeowner’s follow-up radon testing reveals a significant reduction in radon levels within the basement.

Evaluating Sani-Tred as a Radon Elimination Solution

In conclusion, radon gas is a hazardous and potentially deadly threat when it infiltrates indoor spaces. Given its silent and invisible nature, effective radon mitigation is imperative to protect the health of occupants. Sani-Tred products are highly effective and proven to seal out over 99% of radon gas in basements due to their unique combination of physical properties and rigorous testing. This innovative approach to basement waterproofing, the materials also safeguard against radon gas ensuring long-lasting protection for homeowners, making Sani-Tred a trusted solution for creating healthier indoor environments.

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