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Radon Mitigation*

*We do not currently offer radon mitigation as a stand alone service. Radon mitigation is included as part of our Home Performance package only.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that is produced by the breakdown of naturally occuring deposits of uranium in the soil. The uranium breaks down to radium, which decays into radon gas and seeps up through the ground and diffuses into the air. Because of the stack effect, radon can be drawn into the home from the soil below. Common entry points are cracks in concrete floors, utility access points, spaces around floor drains, sump pits, construction joints and tiny cracks in basement walls. The concentration will depend on the source strength and the rate of pressure driven entry.

The known health hazard of radon exposure is lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths.  It is believed the risks increase when a smoker is exposed to radon.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/radon

Once detected it can be reduced or mitigated using simple, low cost measures. The US EPA recommends taking corrective measuresfor radon levels at or above 4 pCi/L

The American Lung Association has an informative website:  

hhttp://www.lung.org/healthy-air/home/resources/radon.html

 

TESTING:

The least expensive way to test your home for radon is to purchase a test kit, either through a retail store or online. The least expensive kits are subsidized by the state and available through AirChek; both short term or long term tests are available.

The short term test is basically a screening test; if levels above XXX are indicated, we suggest following with a long term test prior to proceeding with mitigation.

https://securechek.com/cgi-bin/oo.cgi?product_id=60&ooname=MN

Radon mitigation is generally straightforward, although some situations are more complex. It is not feasible to provide an exact estimate for radon mitigation without inspecting a home, but in general mitigation costs are $1200-$1800.

* We do not currently offer radon mitigation as a stand alone service. Radon mitigation is included as part of our Home Performance package only.