Radon Remediation | Radon Mitigation
When a building (or house) is found to have an elevated level of radon gas (defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a radon result of 4.0 pCi/l or higher,) methods of reducing the radon levels can be applied to cure the problem. The most common method of radon mitigation (also known as radon remediation or radon gas abatement is Active Soil Depressurization (ASD.) An ASD Radon Mitigation System utilizes PVC piping attached to an electric radon suction fan.
What to Look for in a Radon Reduction System
When your home has high levels of radon, your entire family is put at risk. As a homeowner with responsibilities to those you love, it is only natural to want to get that radon problem taken care of as quickly as possible. But before you call a radon reduction company and start working on the issue, you need to take a step back and consider a number of factors.
How Radon Enters Your House
One of the most frightening things about radon, the colorless and odorless gas that is a leading cause of lung cancer and other diseases, is its silence. Radon does not announce that it is in your home, and unless you have your home tested, you may never know that high levels of this dangerous substance are present.
Why Hire a Radon Contractor
Finding out that your home has a radon problem is disconcerting to say the least. When you find that your home has high levels of this dangerous gas, you have a number of important decisions to make, including how to get rid of the existing radon and how to best seal up your home to prevent new radon from seeping in.
Will Any Radon Company Do?
When you find out that your home has high levels of radon, it is only natural to want to do something about it right away. After all, this dangerous colorless and odorless gas is radioactive, and its very presence puts your entire family, not to mention your home, at risk. But before you rush out and contract with the first radon company you find in the phone book, it is important to ask yourself, and the contractor, some important questions.
How To Select A Radon Mitigator
Choose a radon contractor to fix the problem just as you would choose someone to do other home repairs. It is wise to get more than one estimate, to ask for references, and to contact some of those references to ask if they are satisfied with the radon mitigation company’s work. Also, ask your state radon office or your county/state consumer protection office for information about the radon companies.
The Radon Abatement Contract
Ask the contractor to prepare a contract before any radon remediation work starts. Carefully read the contract before you sign it. Make sure everything in the contract matches the original proposal. The contract should describe exactly what work will be done prior to and during the installation of the radon system, what the system consists of, and how the system will operate.
Selecting a Radon Test Kit
Before you’ll know if you need a radon mitigation system, you need to conduct a test. Since you cannot see or smell radon, special equipment is needed to detect it. When you’re ready to test your home, contact your stateradon office (or visit our radon testing page for information on locating qualified test kits or qualified radon testers.