When a building (or house) is found to have an elevated level of radon gas (defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a radon result of 4.0 pCi/l or higher,) methods of reducing the radon levels can be applied to cure the problem. The most common method of radon mitigation (also known as radon remediation or radon gas abatement is Active Soil Depressurization (ASD.) An ASD Radon Mitigation System utilizes PVC piping attached to an electric radon suction fan.
When your home has high levels of radon, your entire family is put at risk. As a homeowner with responsibilities to those you love, it is only natural to want to get that radon problem taken care of as quickly as possible. But before you call a radon reduction company and start working on the issue, you need to take a step back and consider a number of factors.
How Radon Enters Your House
One of the most frightening things about radon, the colorless and odorless gas that is a leading cause of lung cancer and other diseases, is its silence. Radon does not announce that it is in your home, and unless you have your home tested, you may never know that high levels of this dangerous substance are present.
Why Hire a Radon Contractor
Finding out that your home has a radon problem is disconcerting to say the least. When you find that your home has high levels of this dangerous gas, you have a number of important decisions to make, including how to get rid of the existing radon and how to best seal up your home to prevent new radon from seeping in.
Will Any Radon Company Do?
When you find out that your home has high levels of radon, it is only natural to want to do something about it right away. After all, this dangerous colorless and odorless gas is radioactive, and its very presence puts your entire family, not to mention your home, at risk. But before you rush out and contract with the first radon company you find in the phone book, it is important to ask yourself, and the contractor, some important questions.
Choose a radon contractor to fix the problem just as you would choose someone to do other home repairs. It is wise to get more than one estimate, to ask for references, and to contact some of those references to ask if they are satisfied with the radonmitigation company’s work. Also, ask your state radon office or your county/state consumer protection office for information about the radon companies.
The Radon Abatement Contract
Ask the contractor to prepare a contract before any radon remediation work starts. Carefully read the contract before you sign it. Make sure everything in the contract matches the original proposal. The contract should describe exactly what work will be done prior to and during the installation of the radon system, what the system consists of, and how the system will operate.
Selecting a Radon Test Kit
Before you’ll know if you need a radon mitigation system, you need to conduct a test. Since you cannot see or smell radon, special equipment is needed to detect it. When you’re ready to test your home, contact your state radon office (or visit our radon testing page for information on locating qualified test kits or qualified radon testers.
Residential Radon Mitigation
When homeowners find out that they have a problem with high levels of radon, their first instinct might be to panic. But after that initial shock has died down, those homeowners need to get serous about fixing what could be a very dangerous problem for themselves and their families. Residential radon mitigation is not always fast or easy, but it can be remarkably effective, even in parts of the country known for their extensive radon problems.
Commercial Radon Mitigation
Dealing with radon problems in your home is hard enough, but when you are dealing with your business and your livelihood, the challenge can be even greater. In some ways dealing with radon inside a commercial building is similar to dealing with the problem inside a home, but with a business there are many more things to consider, and many more potential risks as well.
Waterborne Radon Reduction
When you think about radon contamination, you probably picture this odorless and colorless radioactive gas entering your home through tiny cracks and holes in the foundation and basement walls. But while that is indeed one of the leading ways radon enters your home, it is not the only threat you face.
Air Purification Systems
Having clean indoor air is just as important (if not more) than having clean outdoor air. After all, you spend 70% more time indoors! The average home or office building has 1,000 times more pollutants in the air than outdoors! The reason for this is that the air handling systems (heating and cooling units) are made to re-circulate the same air over and over again.
Services For Realtors
Real estate transactions are complicated – and stressful – enough without added concern over radon. Despite what many people think, radon levels are among the most straightforward factors to test and, if necessary, mitigate when selling or buying a house in Mankato, Minnesota. Since high radon levels are a serious health concern, it does have to be addressed, but it does not have to derail your house purchase!