Frequently Asked Questions About Radon Gas and Radon Systems
DO I REALLY NEED TO WORRY ABOUT RADON GAS? HOW DANGEROUS CAN IT BE?
The EPA states that radon is estimated to cause thousands of deaths each year. The Surgeon General warns that radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.
HOW DOES RADON GET IN MY HOME?
Radon Gas moves up from the soil in the ground and into cracks and holes in your foundation. Once radon enters the home, it can remain trapped and build up. All types of homes, new or old, basement or without, can have radon build up to dangerous levels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 1 of 15 homes in the United States and as many as 1 of 3 homes in some states about 7 million homes have high radon levels. Ohio has the fourth highest average Radon Level in the United States and approximately 1 of 3 homes have elevated radon gas levels.
IS IT A DEAL BREAKER IF A HOME HAS HIGH RADON LEVELS?
Not necessarily. Most homes can successfully mitigate radon for about the same cost as other common home repairs. This does need to be carefully negotiated, so you, the buyer, can ensure a quality radon mitigation specialist is installing a quality system. Or that you’re getting the proper concessions to cover at least part of the cost to mitigate. Radon is is actually much easier to fix than many other plumbing, electrical or HVAC related issues.
CAN I DO A RADON TEST MYSELF?
There are many DIY radon test kits available. The rate of error in testing is much higher when not done by an inspector or specialist with experience, so you’ll want to make sure to follow the instructions carefully that come with the kit. We firmly believe the potential risks of improperly testing and being exposed to radon long-term are not worth the small savings from doing it yourself. Our Licensed experts have state of the art equipment to identify radon gases and find the most likely culprit.
HOW LONG DOES A RADON TESTING TAKE?
A Radon Testing will take approximately 48 hours with closed house conditions. At the end of the 48-hour period we will be able to review your results with you and determine if there are additional steps that need to be taken
ARE YOU LICENCED AND INSURED?
We are Ohio Licensed Radon Technician, Radon Mitigation Specialist & Radon Contactor. As well as certified by InterNachi and ICA2 for Radon Testing and Mitigation.
HOW MUCH DOES RADON MITIGATION SYSTEM COST?
The average cost to install a radon mitigation system cost falls around $1000 according to about 1500 customer reports from HomeAdvisor. The National Radon Program Services estimates the average cost at $1,200, but can be more depending on the complexity of the Radon Mitigation. This cost will fluctuate based on the system that is required and your homes layout/design/foundation. Our Base price start around $900.00 and will increase depending on the levels of Radon, Exterior of the home, aggregate below the basement floor, number if suction points, the size of the fan needed, the size of the pipe used and exit point of the pipe. Firms that are not taking all of these into consideration are not designing a system specifically for you and your family's needs. Learn More:
HOW DO YOU TEST FOR RADON?
We use the most advanced digital test to detect the current long term and short-term radon levels in your home. We also have Radon gas Snifters to help indefinity the root cause of the radon in your home, which helps to determine the proper radon remediation system. You can also purchase a kit from your local hardware store. Our results are ready at the end of the 48-hour period. The hardware store kits will need to be mailed away and can take up to a month for the results to be received.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF RADON GAS? WHY DO I NEED A RADON SYSTEM?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 1 of 15 homes in the United States and as many as 1 of 3 homes in some states about 7 million homes have high radon levels. The Northeast Ohio Region is estimated to have radon gas in 1 of 3 homes. Ohio has the 4th highest average Radon Gas Levels in the United State. Even if your home or business has had a Radon Test completed in the past, it is recommended to be retested every few years. The reason being, is as the aggregate below your home changes or breaks down, so does the amount of Radon gas that is being released into your home. So, you might be asking how does Radon Gas cause so many problems? Radon is a chemically inert gas that is electrically uncharged, but it is also radioactive, and it is this fact that creates the potential for trouble. Radon Gas does not have a smell so without proper Radon testing, you would not be able to determine if your home or business has a radon gas problem. Within this decay process, radon progeny is formed which do carry an electric charge, this allows them to bind to tiny dust particles in the air, which can be inhaled by the lungs and adhere to the lining of your lung tissue. These deposited atoms decay within the lung tissue by emitting a type of radiation called alpha radiation, which holds the power to damage cells in the lung and mutate the structure of your DNA. This can start a chain reaction process that can lead to lung cancer. You may also think since you do not spend a ton of time in the basement your chances of having a negative impact from radon are much less. Unfortunately, this is not true... Typically, our mechanical Radon Remediation systems are located in the basement which will move the radon gas around your home or office.