EPA recommends that you have qualified radon mitigation contractors fix your home because lowering high radon levels requires specific technical knowledge and special skills. Without the proper equipment or technical knowledge, you could actually increase your radon level or create other potential hazards and additional costs. However, if you decide to do the work yourself, get information on appropriate training courses and copies of EPA's technical guidance radon documents. Or contact us at Idaho Radon and we can act as consultant.
EPA recommends that you use a state certified and or qualified radon mitigation contractor trained to fix radon problems. You can determine a service provider's qualifications to perform radon measurements or to mitigate radon from your home in several ways. First, check with your state radon office. Many states require radon professionals to be licensed, certified, or registered, and to install radon mitigation systems or conduct radon testing. Most states can provide you with a list of knowledgeable radon service providers doing business in the state. In states that don't regulate radon services, ask the contractor if they hold a professional proficiency or certification credential, and if they follow industry consensus standards such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard Practice for Installing Radon Mitigation Systems in Existing Low-Rise Residential Buildings, E2121 (February 2003).
If your home radon test reported high radon levels, it's important to address the problem immediately. Idaho Radon provides thorough radon mitigation services throughout Idaho and the surrounding states. Call us today if you have a radon problem in your home; our professional radon contractors can help! When you choose Idaho Radon, we strive to make sure that after the mitigation for radon, the levels in your home will be reduced at least to EPA safe levels.
Radon mitigation is not a one-size-fits-all process. Idaho Radon will assess your house and your particular radon problem to customize the right radon abatement system for you and your home. No matter what system design is chosen, we use only the best materials available to ensure the most thorough radon mitigation system. Unlike some radon companies that use cheap products, Idaho Radon goes the extra mile to provide only superior materials because we know that these supplies are critical to the overall performance of your radon abatement system. And, because we want to provide you with the best service possible, we strive to stay abreast of the latest methods and technologies in the radon mitigation industry.
Depending on the construction of your home, Idaho Radon can use several different methods to mitigate radon gas. Two popular methods are sub-slab depressurization for homes with basements and sub-membrane depressurization for homes with crawlspaces.
Sub-slab depressurization: This radon mitigation process involves drilling a small hole in the floor of your basement slab and excavating a small cavity below. A pump is then attached to vacuum the radon (and other organic contaminants) out of the ground; this air is vented outside your home, where the radon harmlessly disperses into the atmosphere. Sub-membrane depressurization: This radon mitigation process is similar to sub-slab depressurization, but because there is no actual slab, a membrane must be installed over the entire floor surface of the crawlspace. The radon is pumped out in a similar fashion and then vented to the outside, where it dissipates and becomes harmless.
With both methods, ensuring a complete seal (with caulk, seam tape, foundation repair, etc.) enables us to address all of the radon at its point of entry. The vacuum pump used to evacuate the radon gas in both systems does require a dedicated electrical box that can be easily installed by the qualified radon mitigation contractors at Idaho Radon. If energy efficiency is a concern, you'll be pleased to know that eliminating the dangerous radon in your house only uses as much electricity as a 40 watt light bulb. In fact the average cost per year on our fans runs approx. $40.00 to $85.00.
Idaho Radon also offers radon mitigation systems for new construction. This preemptive measure is a great way to ensure that radon is never a problem in your home. We use techniques similar to standard radon mitigation, but because we are not retrofitting your home, we're able to account for aesthetics as well as energy efficiency. Instead of placing radon stacks on the outside of your home, we can actually install them internally as the building is constructed, eliminating a potential eyesore while still ensuring complete venting of any radon gas. We highly recommend radon-resistant new construction for areas with known elevated levels of radon. Call our licensed, bonded, and insured radon mitigation contractors today for more information!
Use this check-list when evaluating and comparing radon contractors and ask the following questions:
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. Many radon contractors provide a guarantee that they will adjust or modify the system to reach a negotiated radon level. Carefully read the conditions of the contract describing the guarantee. Carefully consider optional additions to your contract which may add to the initial cost of the radon removal system, but may be worth the extra expense. Typical options might include an extended warranty, a service plan, and/or improved aesthetics.
Important information that should appear in the radon abatement system contract includes:
In selecting a radon reduction method for your home, you and your contractor should consider several things, including: how high your initial radon level is, the costs of installation and system operation, your house size and your foundation type. An effective radon mitigation system can reduce your radon levels to less than 4.0 pCi/l.