Radon is a hard gas to detect, created naturally when uranium breaks down in the ground. It’s odorless, tasteless, and invisible, and is also the #1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. This makes it a particularly dangerous risk to you and your family, and it’s important to continue to reduce its levels. Have you read our blog post on 7 Important Things You Must Know About Radon Gas? This article will tell you all you need to know about radon and how it affects you.
So how do you test for radon?
There are two options for testing a house for radon: purchase a do-it-yourself kit or enlist the help of a professional. If you choose to purchase a test kit, make sure that you are closely following the instructions on how to set up the test. If not, the results could be compromised and you won’t get an accurate reading.
Alternatively, you can hire a professional to measure your radon levels. Hire a contractor that is a certified radon mitigation professional, like those from Complete Property Restoration, who are certified under the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP), and make sure that they will conduct a long-term test for at least three months.
How do you mitigate radon emissions?
The most effective way to mitigate radon emissions is to seal a building’s foundation or remove the gas from below the building. However, it’s probably not very likely that any of us has any control over whether or not that happens. In your own home, you can ensure that you have good ventilation to help dilute the concentration of gas, but the most effective method of radon reduction in the home is to remove it through the use of Active Soil Depressurization (ASD).
If you choose to hire a professional, you can also talk to them about setting up an ASD system in your home. The cost for radon reduction usually depends on the size and design of a home. There may also be other factors affecting the cost, such as the amount of work needed. While these costs may vary, the cost to fix the problem is still small compared to the loss in the value of a home. By regularly maintaining your home and fixing the issue of radon emissions, you could actually be protecting the value of your home in the long term!
The good news is that reducing the levels of radon in your home is quick and painless. For the wellbeing of your family and for your peace of mind, contact us at Complete Property Restoration to ensure that your radon levels are low. We’ll be there all through testing and removal with our expert technical knowledge and we’ll make sure the job is done right the first time. Contact us today to set up an estimate or to schedule a test with us!
STEPS TO INSTALLING A RADON MITIGATION SYSTEM
The process to install a radon mitigation system is pretty simple. The most important step is for you to reach out to a trusted professional, such as Complete Property Restoration, to address the problem. After that, you can sleep peacefully knowing that you’re in good hands! Here is what you can expect:
- Test for radon (with a test kit or a professional).
- If the levels are high, find a radon mitigation professional who is C-NRPP certified.
- The contractor will conduct a diagnostic test and develop a system design, installation plan, and schedule for the radon mitigation system.
- The contractor will install the radon mitigation system and will conduct a short term radon test to determine if it has been effective.
- Test the home again with a long-term radon test during the following heating season to confirm that radon levels have been lowered effectively.
When you’re working with Complete Property Restoration, you’ll know you’ve got nothing to worry about. However, it’s important to make sure that you are dealing with a trusted professional. Consider asking your contractor:
- Proof of past work
- For references
- For a plan and schedule of work to be done
- Proof of certification
- To do an onsite inspection of your home
- If they have liability insurance
- What steps they take as part of the diagnostic testing prior to installing a full system
- If they charge for diagnostic testing
- What type of monitor they will use to ensure the radon reduction system is working continually
- What type of testing will be conducted after the system is installed to confirm that it has been effective
No building is radon-free. By hiring a professional to measure radon levels in your home, you are taking the first steps to prevent lung cancer in your family. By performing a long-term radon test after the system has been installed, you can take an important step in reducing radon levels in your home. Contact our team of experts at Complete Property Restoration to set up an estimate or to schedule a radon test. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have!