Radon Mitigation Installations
Elevated radon gas levels are commonly found in homes throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. Radon is a noble gas which means that it cannot be seen, smelled, or felt, but unfortunately it can be incredibly harmful to your lungs. Radon gas can enter any structure including homes, schools, office buildings, apartments, condos, and more! Radon gas forms in the soil from the decay of uranium and as it rises from the soil to dissipate into the atmosphere it can get trapped under your home. After radon becomes trapped, it will find the path of least resistance to get in. Gaps, cracks, sump crocks, open crawl spaces, and even the pores of the concrete can all provide entry for radon. Once radon gets into a structure it can start to build into unsafe levels and decay. During the decay chain, radon releases tiny radioactive particles that attach to dust, smoke, and water molecules in the air which are then inhaled. Over time, the constant exposure to these radioactive particles can damage the lining in your lungs and cause lung cancer.
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A quality home inspector will be able to detect and document any and all defects with the property that you may not see on your own. Knowledge is power during negotiations for a home sale and a good home inspection can end up saving you thousands of dollars. Additionally, the majority of mortgage companies require that an inspection be done prior to approving any loan.
Radon mitigation systems when installed properly will reduce your radon levels below 4.0pCi/L for years to come. In many cases, radon mitigation systems can even reduce indoor air levels below the outdoor air level of 0.4 pCi/L.
Radon mitigation systems are custom built to fit each home, so there is not really a fixed cost. Generally radon mitigation systems fall between $800-$1500 on average. The biggest cost factors are the size of the home, the radon levels present, the sub-slab material, and the location requested. Give us a call today for a free quote!
Radon “poisoning” as some call it, is not something you will feel while living in a home with elevated radon levels. Radon gas is not similar to carbon monoxide where it can cause health issues immediately. Radon gas can cause damage to your lungs over time that allows lung cancer to develop. Testing your home for radon is the only way to know if you have an issue.
Radon mitigation systems require very little maintenance from the homeowner. The fan runs 24/7 and the pressure is measured by a manometer placed on the piping in the basement. All you need to do is keep an eye on that gauge to make sure that the fan is still working as it should, and if it shows that the fan is no longer running you can have the fan replaced. The EPA also recommends testing your home every 2 years to ensure that the system is working as it should.