As you research radon gas, you may be asking yourself the questions; “how would a radon mitigation contractor fix their own house?” or “how would a radon measurement provider test their own house?” These are great questions to ask because a radon professional who has been dealing with measurement and ventilation of radon gas in all types of situations would probably deal with it using the best methods and industry secrets for their own homes. For the purposes of this article, I will put myself out there. I will tell you some of the ways I would deal with radon if, your home was my home.Read More
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You slept 7-9 hours last night as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. You brushed your teeth first thing as recommended by the ADA to help prevent gum disease and cavities. You rinsed your mouth and finished your first full glass of water which was one of the eight recommended glasses by the Mayo Clinic. You put on your pedometer, your favorite workout clothes and head to the treadmill to begin the first of your 10,000 step per day goal as recommended in the latest issue of your health magazine. You finish up, go to the kitchen and blend yourself a nourishing protein shake as recommended by your nutritionist. The shake includes bananas for potassium, strawberries & blueberries for antioxidants, orange juice for vitamin c and some kale which seems to be recommended for everything else. You sit down with your shake log in to your tablet to play some brain games to sharpen your mental focus as recommended by your boss. While on your tablet, a small article pops up in your news feed talking about radon gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer. You read that radon levels in homes should be as low as possible as recommended by the United States EPA. Suddenly you remember the recommendation that you forgot about…. That time when you bought your house and the Realtor recommended that you do a radon test. The sweat starts pouring down your forehead but doesn’t make it to your eyes because you are still wearing that sweatband that your fitness coach recommended. You wonder how you will sleep tonight with the additional, unrecommended stress that's now upon you. Stop, take a deep breath (hopefully not including radon gas) because here are several radon recommendations to prevent any radon related sleep deprivations.
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.
“What is the cost of radon mitigation?” (client) “Well, that depends….” (radon mitigation contractor)
The costs associated with radon mitigation vary from state-to-state, city-to-city and home-to-home. Just like any industry, the market can play a role in determining your costs. If you live in an area where there are few certified radon contractors the price of service may be more. If you live in a large city with many service providers, competition my drive prices down. The age and construction style of the home can determine the complexity of a radon mitigation system. The important thing to know is that there’s not a one-size-fits-all situation when it comes to installing a radon mitigation system that works to reduce radon levels. You want a radon mitigation system that will do its job to reduce radon gas levels but in this economy we are all watching our pocket books.
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Radon mitigation is a service, a home improvement service, an indoor environmental service and most importantly service designed to reduce lung cancer risk. A radon mitigation system should provide you with the ongoing service of reducing radon gas levels. The key word is service. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, service is: the occupation or function of serving or the employment as a servant. A servant is one that serves others. A commodity is defined as a mass-produced unspecialized product. In a world that revolves around the almighty dollar, sometimes radon mitigation companies confuse commodity with service.
Old man winter is knocking at the door and he might be bringing radon with him. In homes that are located in cold weather environments, radon levels can be a greatly increased during colder months. This often-overlooked issue with radon gas is potentially one of radon’s greatest threats.
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While sitting down with the listing agent to discuss your options, reality sets in. The comps in the neighborhood are down, the furnace needs to be updated, the rooms have to be staged and your favorite cherry red accent wall needs to be repainted in a more “neutral” color. The fact is if you want your home to sell, the house has to appeal to a wide variety of prospective buyers.
Radon testing and radon mitigation are quickly becoming a common issue during real estate transactions. More and more citizens are being educated about the risks associated with radon gas. These radon-educated buyers are looking for a new home with low radon levels. Even if the buyers do not know about radon, many home inspectors offer radon testing as an option during the home inspection process and their clients choose this option often. A home with low or reduced radon levels will be more appealing to home buyers.
Homes with radon issues can be sold but homes with resolved radon issues are more sellable. Consider radon testing and radon mitigation as a part of preparing the home to be sold. I often recommend that listing agents advise their clients to test for and repair any radon issue before placing the house on the market. This can prevent any future roadblock or surprises that may occur after the home inspection. Imagine the scenario that most people fear about radon in real estate transactions: