Throughout the years, many people have contacted us to fix radon remediation systems that were installed by other contractors. Some are systems installed long ago, before there were radon mitigation standards. Others were installed recently by radon companies that are not up to par. Often times, the buyer of a new home has found out that the sellers had the cheapest system installed possible. Those buyers are sometimes left with an ugly contraption on the side of their home. Worse yet, much of the time those systems don’t work to reduce radon levels. There are some bad quality systems in homes that were installed by companies that otherwise look to be reputable.
The radon mitigation video below is a demonstration of one of these instances just last week. This homeowner called us because they didn’t feel right about the system that they had installed just a day before. We came out to see what went wrong: The system was installed near the front of the home. You could see and hear it as you walked up the steps to their ornate front door. They cut mistake holes and didn’t patch them. They placed the crooked, interior suction pipe in the corner of a nice bedroom and just told her to hire a handyman to drywall it in (which would have cost her another $500+). This was a radon mitigation system but the poor quality was undeniable. The installer, who is a well known radon company, also installed it without pulling proper building permits. During our consultation, we pointed out the flaws and offered the homeowner a better solution for routing the pipes in a discrete and professional way. She called the other people and had them remove their system. We got a proper permit and installed a nice, professional radon mitigation system as you can see in our Radon Remediation System Fix video.
There are several ways to ensure that your radon mitigation system will be installed correctly:
Step 1: Get multiple quotes - Make sure the company is willing to look at the home. Radon systems must be designed according to the individual features of each home. Exterior radon systems are installed with the fan and stack outside the home. Attic radon systems are installed with the fan hidden inside and the vent through the roof.
Step 3: Check the background on the companies you are considering - Ask for references and reviews. Home Advisor®, Angie's List®, the BBB® and other online resources are a good place to start. Remember, even licensed and certified companies can get away with poor quality.
Step 4: Price comparison - Price differences can represent quality differences. Some people go with low quotes only to find themselves spending much more money to repair low quality systems. The most important part of radon mitigation is to reduce radon levels. Spend the money on having a good system installed that will work to keep radon levels low.
Step 5: Read the fine print - Some radon companies offer quotes that give a price for a "basic system" and then they offer upgrades or hidden charges. Make sure to read the warranty. Some say they have a radon reduction warranty but then you have to pay more when the system doesn't fix radon. Good companies will give you a firm price, a clear scope of work and a detailed warranty or phased solution.
Bad systems can be fixed! Radon mitigation systems can be painted to match the home. Non-working systems can be adjusted to get radon levels down. Low quality parts can be replaced with better materials.
When getting bids for radon remediation avoid ugly circumstances:
As you can see, radon systems come in all shapes, sized and performance levels. If you take your time and make the right decision, you will have a good looking radon remediation system that works to keep radon levels low.