Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that's naturally occurring in small amounts. Usually, it isn't a significant health issue, as the gas tends to disperse so that it's only found in minute levels. However, it can become trapped in homes or buildings, potentially increasing the radon levels to dangerous amounts.
Exposure to high levels of radon is a health risk, as radon is a radioactive gas that increases your chances of suffering from lung cancer. A residential radon mitigation system is an effective way to reduce your home's radon levels to healthier amounts. Here are a few things to do when installing a residential radon mitigation system.
1. Determine What Type of Mitigation System Is Right for Your Home
There are a few different options for radon mitigation systems. The best option for your home depends on the type of foundation your home has and whether it has a basement or crawlspace.
One type of mitigation system prevents radon from entering your home, while another common option lowers radon levels after the gas has already entered your home. When possible, go with a system that prevents radon from entering your home, as this system is more effective at keeping your home's radon levels consistently low.
2. Ask for a Comprehensive Quote
When acquiring a quote for your radon mitigation system, make sure that the quote is as comprehensive as possible. While the cost of the system is one component, there are other details that influence the total cost, such as:
- The labor required to install the system
- Necessary improvements to reduce the amount of radon that penetrates your home (like sealing cracks in the walls and floors)
- Permit fees
- Cleanup associated with the project
If you're having trouble paying for a mitigation system, financial assistance is available through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and local environmental agencies.
3. Learn the Specific Info That Pertains to Your System
Your proposed contract for installing your mitigation system should state what kind of guarantee is associated with the system. If the contractor states the system will reduce your home's radon levels to a specific amount, this info should be clearly stated.
Information concerning the system's warranty should also be clearly stated. Make sure that the contract also clearly states whether any guarantees and warranties will transfer if you decide to sell your home. Some warranties require the homeowner to complete certain tasks to keep the warranty active; see that these guidelines are clearly spelled out.Share