Radon is a gaseous, toxic, colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive element formed during the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon can seep into your home through breaks in the foundation and can also contaminate well water. Tens of thousands of deaths per year are attributed to radon exposure. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer (next to cigarette smoking). A simple test can save lives.
If the radon levels (in the home you are considering for purchase) are high, don’t let that dissuade you from buying the house. Radon levels can be reduced with a radon mitigation system.
The most common method of radon mitigation is called Active Soil Depressurization (ASD) system. An ASD Radon Mitigation System is basically PVC piping attached to an in-line radon fan. The piping typically begins below the lowest floor of the structure’s foundation (basement or crawl space) and extends upward to an exit point above ground level. The radon fan is mounted in an inconspicuous location on the exterior of the home or in an attic space (or sometimes in the garage). When radon is released into the atmosphere, it is no longer hazardous as it is diluted by the outdoor air. Radon is only lethal when trapped indoors. We are certified by the NRPP (National Radon Proficiency Program) and will thoroughly explain the best method to protect your family.
It’s hard to put a price on peace of mind, but the average cost of a radon mitigation system runs between $850 and $1200.
A typical install usually takes less than a day.
Exactly the opposite is true. A radon mitigation system can increase the value of your home. You are proactively protecting the health of future owners.
No, radon levels vary from home to home.
You reduce your risk of lung cancer when you reduce radon levels, even if you have lived with a radon problem.
Where radon problems have been fixed, home sales have not been blocked. The added protection is a good selling point.
Radon has been found in all types of homes, from homes with basements to homes with crawl spaces and concrete slabs poured under them. The only way to know for sure is to test.
No, radon testing is easy and affordable.
More frequently buyers of real estate are testing for radon to protect their investment, as well as the health of their family. More homeowners are testing their homes as well.