Radon Gas Blog
I am not a big fan of the cold weather it reminds me of the winter days working outdoors, installing radon mitigation systems in Chicago years ago. I will never forget the infamous winter of “Chiberia.” But also, as I now reside in Salt Lake City, I do love to see the beautiful sight of some fresh Utah ski powder, except for when it’s time to shovel the driveway. Luckily, this winter I scored a snowblower from my father. Now some people are connoisseurs of food, or fine wine; my father on the other hand, he is a connoisseur of snowblowers! At any given point in time, he may have 3-5 of these machines in his garage ready to battle the forces of nature in his suburban tundra. In the heat of the summer, you may find him at your yard sale ready to purchase the next in his collection. Whether it’s a 2 stage, 3 stage, 4 stroke, or electric, my dad likes them all. When he generously gifted me one out of his collection the other night, he meticulously showed me how to close the choke, prime the bulb, and fire up the engine. He showed me how to engage the auger, and cut a perfectly straight line down the driveway. As I loaded it in my truck and was about to pull away, he reminded me not to forget how to mix the oil and gas for the two stroke engine.
I woke up this morning to a fresh blanket of snow. I got dressed and prepped the new toy to take care of the driveway. As I mixed the 50:1 ratio of oil and gas, I couldn't help but divert my attention again to another gas, like I always do, I start thinking about radon gas. I thought to myself; it’s time to write another article about how the cold weather has an impact on radon gas.Read More
The search is over, you finally found your dream home. The neighborhood is great, the schools are some of the best around and the price is right in your budget. You and your real estate agent make an offer and wait patiently. Soon after a few negotiations, they accept your offer! You are on your way to being the owner of this home. It's time for the home inspection and your inspector is also a radon measurement professional. You've heard about the dangers of it, so you spend the extra money to have a test done. A few days pass and the results are in. The radon test failed! Suddenly your dream home doesn't look so dreamy.
Don't panic if the radon test fails!
10 things you should know about buying a home with radon
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.
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: