According to Kansas State University’s National Radon Program Services, radon mitigation involves a system or series of steps designed to reduce radon concentrations in the indoor air your home. Generally, the Environmental Protection Agency advises households testing with radon levels of 4 pCi/L or higher to reduce levels through mitigation. While any exposure to radon is unhealthy, levels higher than this place residents at increased risk of developing lung cancer.
Since our recent exploration of radon for the EPA’s National Radon Action Month this January, some readers may have:
- gone on to further research radon,
- find events being held to spread radon awareness,
- compare different radon mitigation system costs,
- search the internet for ‘radon mitigation near me’ for more information
Of course, you want to make the best decision for your home’s radon system. However, you must first understand precisely which factors go into installing a mitigation system, including specific characteristics of your home.
What Factors into Radon Mitigation Cost?
The size, design, and foundation of your home can all play a part in the cost of a radon mitigation system. We also have to consider the materials used in its construction and the climate in which it’s built. You should also think about these factors:
any new construction or other methods of masking the system for aesthetic reasons
the system fan’s electricity costs
any expenses incurred for heating or cooling the air drawn out by the process
Radon reduction systems range between approximately $800.00 to $1500.00 nationally, varying according to the market and overall housing conditions.
How Do I Know If I Need Radon Mitigation?
The EPA recommends that if you’ve tested once at radon levels between 4 and 8 pCi/L that you test again to be certain your home really needs mitigation. Radon levels naturally fluctuate and can vary according to odd or unexpected weather.
Particularly for levels testing at higher than 8 pCi/L, the EPA recommends testing again using a short-term testing device, preferably between 2 – 7 days following the first test.
How Do I Choose a Radon Mitigation Specialist?
When you’re certain you need radon mitigation, it’s time to select a qualified contractor. You can browse through a list of well-trained and qualified mitigators in Maryland’s radon office here. Search by state, zip code, service, or last name/certification number on the National Radon Proficiency Program website.
A list of radon zones by county can be viewed here.
Since Montgomery County is now required to include radon testing in all real estate transactions, homeowners will need to seek out proper testing and (if needed) mitigation services prior to selling their house.
Atlantic Real Estate Services employs only highly qualified National Radon Proficiency Program-certified technicians, as well as systems backed by our performance warranty or phased scope of work.
For more information, or to schedule your free in-home consultation, contact Atlantic Real Estate Services.