What is a radon mitigation system and how do you know if you need one?
If you have discovered an elevated level of radon in your home, either through the use of a radon detector you purchased, or a report from a home inspector that tested your home for radon, then you will need to either move out or have a radon-removing system installed right away. Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is formed from the natural breakdown of uranium and radium in the soil, in rocks, and in water. It becomes quite dangerous when breathed in, causing many cases of lung cancer every year.
Unless your house had a radon mitigation system installed when it was built (some newer homes may), you will need to have a system retrofitted – or put in after the house is already completely built. Although more expensive than installation during the initial construction process, a system is necessary because it is critical that the inhabitants of your home are not exposed to dangerous levels of radon gas.
Since cost can vary widely from one source to another, be sure to do your homework when researching your options. A great place to start is to ask your trusted home inspector whom he recommends. You can also learn more about various systems online. Be sure to check out warranties thoroughly so that you are comfortable with your purchase. Is your local contractor willing to install a radon fan cover you purchased elsewhere? That is a great question to ask that will impact your decision.
Even though you have important decisions to make – who will install your radon mitigation system, what company you will purchase from, and what kind of warranty you can expect, be aware that time is of the essence. You don’t want to expose your family a moment longer than necessary to this deadly toxic radon gas.
Do your research, talk to someone you trust, and make your best choice quickly. And if you haven’t had your home tested for radon in the last 3 years, make plans to find out your home’s radon levels as soon as possible. Your health and life just may depend on it.