You think you have a radon problem, now what? The first thing you should do if you suspect a radon problem is to test your home. Your reading will tell you what your next steps should be.
Low Radon Level
Although the EPA states that “no level of radon is safe”, technically radon readings below 4.0 pCi/L are below their action limit. That means no remediation measures are necessary. However, as a property owner, you will want to retest every two years, or any time there are any structural changes to your property to ensure you do not have a new radon problem.
High Radon Level
What happens if monitoring turns up radon levels of 4 pCi/L or higher? The EPA advises that you begin by contacting your state radon office for names of qualified or state certified radon contractors in your area. The EPA recommends the use of radon remediation professionals because, “Lowering high radon levels requires technical knowledge and special skills. You should use a contractor who is trained to fix radon problems. A qualified contractor can study the radon problem in your home and help you pick the right method.”
Solving Radon Problems
While there are several radon reducing techniques that can be employed, the first step in any remediation plan is to seal all the cracks or gaps in a structures’ foundation. Cracks in concrete floors of slabs or basements must be sealed, as well as any cracks in basement walls. A good caulk, appropriate for concrete repairs, is used for this job. If the structure has a sump crock, the crock will need to be sealed and vented to the outside.
In some cases, where radon readings are relatively low, simply sealing the foundation and venting the sump crock will lower the radon levels to < 4 pCi/L. While these steps can lower radon concentrations below the action level, the EPA does not recommend the use of sealing alone to fix the problem because, “by itself, sealing has not been shown to lower radon levels significantly or consistently.”
There’s a variety of techniques that remediation contractors use to solve radon problems. Some techniques prevent radon from entering your home, while others reduce radon levels after it has entered. The EPA recommends using a method that prevents the entry of radon into a home. Soil suction is one example of this technique. It prevents radon from entering a home by drawing radon from below the foundation and venting it through a pipe to the air above the house where it’s quickly diluted.
If you are ready to correct your radon problem, give Trinity a call: 630-499-1492. We have highly skilled, licensed radon professionals on staff to help you tackle your radon problem head on. We look forward to working with you.
You had a radon test done. It came back “high” at 5.0 pCi/L. What? What does that mean? That doesn’t exactly seem high. How is radon measured? Radon is measured in “pico-Curies per liter of air” abbreviated as pCi/L. The radon measurement gets its name from Madame Curie.
How is radon measured?
A single pCi/L is the equivalent to 2.2 radioactive explosions every minute within every liter of air. Again – what on earth does that mean? Think of a 1,000 square foot box. It’s 100 ft by 10 ft by 10 ft giving you a cubic volume of 10,000 ft. 10,000 cubic feet is about 283,168 liters. If this 1,000 square foot home had just 1 pCi/L it would mean that there are 622,969 explosions happening every minute of every day. Increase that to 4.0 pCi/L and there are almost 2.5 MILLION explosions each minute. If there was a way for people to see these explosions each time they occurred, there is no doubt that everyone with a radon issue would have it repaired.
What happens when radon is measured?
When radon is measured, it is similar to a Geiger counter. Every time a Geiger counter makes a “tick” sound, it represents one of those radioactive explosions. the more it ticks, the closer they are to the source of the radiation. Radon tests do the same thing by counting the number of these explosions over a period of time. Those explosions determine the amount of radon that is in your home.
If you don’t like the idea of millions of little explosions occurring in your home each and every day, you should have your home tested for radon. If you results come back high, it is important to have a radon mitigation system put in.
Trinity Radon helps reduce the amount of explosions with radon reduction systems. If radon measured high in your home, give us a call today: 630-499-1492.
You’ve spent weeks, perhaps even months, preparing your home to go on the market. You’ve done those updates you’ve put off for so long, made the obvious repairs & kept your home absurdly clean. You’ve packed up your family at a moments’ notice, milling about grocery stores, parks, & Target. Finally – an offer is made, a deal is agreed upon.
An inspection is ordered, the results are in. Surprise! You have elevated levels of radon. Now – you can either fix it or offer a credit. If you don’t, the buyer can walk. No big deal, right? Wrong! Even though radon is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas, it is dangerous and you musts disclose it. You cannot try to hide it from potential buyers.
Radon Testing and Real Estate Transactions
During real estate transactions, radon testing can be a headache, especially if you discover high levels. It becomes an even bigger problem as more people learn of radon and its dangers.
But as much of a hassle as it can be, testing for radon is important. Ensuring radon levels are acceptable – below 4.0 pCi/L – means you are securing the health of your family and anyone else that lives in your home.
If you knew for sure your home was dangerous, would you pass it on to another family without saying anything? If your answer is no, then you should have your home tested, at the very least.
Many people believe radon testing and mitigation are expensive, but they actually are not. To be honest, no one wants to pay money to remedy a problem in a house they will no longer live in, but it’s still necessary.
You can test your home for $30 or less by picking up a radon testing kit at your local hardware store or online. If you find elevated levels, you can hire a radon professional to retest, before investing in a radon mitigation system.
If your levels are still high, don’t let them get you down. Installing a radon reduction system can help your home sell!
Not sure what to do with those high test results? We can help. Give our offices a call today: 630-499-1492.