Frequently Asked Questions: Radon Installation & Mitigation
At Reliable Basement Services, we’re here to help residents of Chicago and the surrounding area understand the importance of proper radon mitigation in their homes and businesses. If you have recently found out there are high radon levels in your residential or commercial building, give us a call right away so we can swiftly address the problem. The longer you wait to address this type of issue, the more severe the buildup can become. Don’t put you, your family, or your employees and customers at risk by waiting to call on radon mitigation and installation services. We’re the Chicago-area’s leading professionals when it comes to combating excess radon levels, and our installation process is second-to-none. If you have questions about radon or our mitigation and installation process, keep reading to learn the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
To mitigate is to work to reduce the severity or seriousness of something (in this case, radon). The purpose of mitigation is to greatly decrease or eliminate a long-term risk or need for response resources in the future. While avoiding the danger altogether is ideal, mitigation deals with the aftermath of the issue. It focuses on the steps that can be taken to prevent the event from retaking place in the future.
Radon is a naturally-occurring, radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas. It comes from the decay of uranium and is found in nearly all soils, water, and rocks. Due to this, radon can be found in the atmosphere in trace amounts. The amount of this gas in soil, water, and rocks depends on soil chemistry, which varies significantly from place to place.
The issue with this gas is that it is not uncommon for it to escape from soil, water, or rock and slip right through your home or business foundation. While outdoor radon disperses rapidly and is generally not a health issue, if this gas is trapped indoors, it can build up and cause serious health issues. Breathing in excess radon levels has been shown to increase people’s risk of developing lung cancer. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that about 21,000 people die each year from radon-related lung cancer nationally. Along with the EPA, The World Health Organization (WHO), the National Academy of Sciences, as well as the US Department of Health and Human Services have all classified radon as a known human carcinogen.
According to the EPA, the maximum acceptable radon level within your building is 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter). With that being said, it is highly recommended that property owners shoot for radon mitigation between levels 2.0 and 4.0 to keep the air within your space safe and breathable.
Unfortunately, there are no immediate symptoms from radon exposure, which is why radon testing and mitigation practices are so important. It has been concluded that cigarette smokers are at an increased risk of developing radon-induced lung cancer.
You can go about optioning a radon test at your property in a few different ways. We recommend finding a qualified radon service professional in the area to test your home for radon levels so you can receive an accurate evaluation. You can also access radon test kits from local or county health departments, regional or state American Lung Associations, and even home improvement stores. The radon mitigation pros here at Reliable Basement Services would be happy to help point you in the right direction when you’re looking to invest in radon testing at your property.
While we do not do radon testing ourselves, we are professionals at radon mitigation and installation. Once your building has been tested and it’s concluded that you have a radon issue in your building, we work promptly to assess what types of mitigation services you’ll need. Whether it’s sealing up cracks and holes through foundation repair, maintenance your current mitigation system, or installing a brand-new system to help rid your home of this toxic gas, we are here to serve.
The components of a radon mitigation system include the following:
- Radon Fan – This fan can be found in an attic of your building or outside to prevent radon from leaking back into your space.
- Radon System Tag – This tag is placed on the radon mitigation system by our licensed radon professionals once the system installation is complete.
- U-Tube Manometer – This is a monitoring device that our contractors install with every system so we can visually indicate the fan is working as it should.
- Radon Pipe Vent – This vent is used to discharge radon air. It should be above the edge of the roof, at least 10 feet above the ground, and 10 feet away from any openings such as windows, doors, and openings to adjacent buildings.
Many variables determine the cost of radon mitigation, such as the type of radon system you choose to invest in, the extent of the issue, and how your home was built. Generally speaking, radon mitigation costs range from $1,500 to $2,500. Though this may seem steep, we like to remind customers that this type of mitigation should be considered an investment in your property and overall health rather than an expense.
We don’t recommend it. Though some people may see this type of work as a DIY job, our team at Reliable Basement Services has the mitigation experience you need to ensure the job is done right on the first try. Radon exposure is nothing you want to play around with, as the adverse health effects can become severe. Furthermore, improperly installing a mitigation system will end up costing you more money in the long run when you could save by leaving it to the professionals.
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If you have additional radon mitigation questions that were not addressed on this FAQ page, please give us a call. We look forward to assisting you with top-notch radon mitigation services to safeguard your building and health.