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How to Make Your DIY Radon Test Kit Results as Accurate as Possible  

 

DIY Radon Gas Home Test Kit RDS Environmental Broomfield CORadon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon is odorless and colorless, so it is generally not detectible without testing. A DIY radon gas testing kit allows you to safely and easily test your work, home, or other location for the presence of dangerous radon gas. Using one of the multiple options of DIY radon test kits is a safe, simple, inexpensive home radon testing method for your living or work space.

Follow Directions For the Most Accurate Results

If you follow the directions on your DIY home radon testing kit, your test will work to provide you with the answers you need about possible radon contamination at your location. Testing your home for radon doesn’t have to be expensive or inconvenient. RDS offers easy DIY home radon testing in multiple low-cost easy-to-use kits. Any of our DIY radon home testing kits can be shipped to you overnight for an additional fee. Local Colorado resident can pick up kits at our Broomfield office.

RDS DIY Radon Home Testing Kits

Short-Term Test Kits

  • Airchek Charcoal Devices — This kit requires a 3-7 day testing period. The $15.00 price includes the radon test kit, a laboratory analysis, and a postage-paid return US Mail package. Your radon test results are made available to you online, usually within 24 hours from the time our lab receives your device(s). These devices are not analyzed in-house.
  • E-Perm by RadElec — This kit requires a 2-7 day testing period. The $35.00 price includes a radon test kit with 2 testing devices, which you place side-by-side to perform duplicate tests. A postage-paid return US Mail package is included. The price also includes our laboratory analysis. We analyze these devices at our in-house lab. Same-day test results are provided for these tests.

 

Long-Term Test Kits

  • Alpha Track — This kit requires a testing period between 91 days to one full year. The $30.00 price includes our laboratory analysis, and a postage-paid return US Mail package. Your radon test results are available online and by automated phone report, within 10-12 business days after the lab receives your test sample.

 

Why Should You Perform DIY Radon Home Testing?

For homeowners or realtors planning to sell a home — Testing for radon, as well as for mold, asbestos, lead or other environmental contaminants, along with other testing and inspections may be advisable in preparation for your real estate transaction. Especially in areas where such environmental issues have been present in the past, responsible advance testing for contaminants can save significant financial costs, time delays, health effects, legal issues, and other potentially serious consequences of neglecting necessary testing.

For homeowners planning to stay in their home — For long-term enjoyment of your home, responsible environmental testing of the home can give you the peace of mind that comes with confidence that you are living in a healthy environment, free of potentially deadly, otherwise undetectable contaminants.

 

RDS Environmental

RDS Environmental began radon testing in the 1960s, and became the first company to test residential homes for radon. Today, our nation-wide radon inspection services are used by corporations and homeowners throughout the United States. Our field specialists training program is the industry gold standard.

Our services have expanded over the years to include mold, lead, asbestos, and radon testing, and remediation services for all of these environmental contaminants. RDS works closely with government organizations, including the EPA, AARST, IAQA and ACAC, to provide our clients with the latest information and solutions for environmental concerns.

For More Information

If you would like to have more information about DIY residential radon testing, or to order RDS radon testing devices, contact our office any time at 303-444-5253, to receive assistance from one of our knowledgeable, helpful customer service representatives.

 

Buying a home That Needs a Radon Mitigation System – Read This!

After months of searching, you have finally found it. The home of your dreams. It is everything you ever wanted in a house, except for one small issue — it requires the installation of a radon mitigation system before you are able to move in. While many potential homebuyers, may shy away from buying a home needing radon mitigation, it doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. Today there are multiple solutions for mitigating radon gas safely and thoroughly.

What You Need to Do Before Closing on a Home with Radon Gas

If you are determined to close on a home which needs radon mitigation, it is critical that you take the lead and remain in control throughout the entire process. Never allow the seller of the home to deal with the radon mitigation alone or you may be in for a lot of disappointment after you move in. Be smart and follow these five guidelines to prevent the seller from taking advantage of you.

  • Choose the type of mitigation system you want. 

    There are a variety of systems available, and not all of them are the same when it comes to effectiveness or price. Nationally, the average cost of radon mitigation ranges widely depending on the location and type of systems. The typical cost can be anywhere from $850-$1,500 dollars. If you leave the purchase and installation of system up to the home seller, you are likely to find yourself with a cheap, ineffective system which you will end up replacing on your own dime.

  • Request the money for the radon mitigation in escrow. 

    Instead of depending on the seller to install the system before closing on the property, you might want to consider getting several estimates for the cost to install the type of system you want, and then have the seller place money in an escrow account to cover the expense. This will let you close on your home quicker and guarantees you will have complete control when it comes to purchasing and installing your system.

  • Buy the right system for your home. 

    There are many types of radon mitigation systems available, but the three most common types are active suction, passive suction, and sub-membrane systems. Active suction systems use an electric fan to remove radon gas from collecting. Passive suction systems utilize vents to remove radon gas without power and are not acceptable for many older homes. Sub-membrane systems use plastic sheeting to prevent gas from seeping into your home along with vents and an electric fan to disperse the trapped radon gas.

  • Install the system with your own contractors. 

    The health of yourself and your family depends on the proper installation of your home’s mitigation system. Hiring your own contractors is one of the best ways to make sure the work is completed correctly.

  • Seek out the best companies and service warranties in your area. 

    Radon mitigation systems need servicing from time-to-time so you must make sure the system’s manufacturer and the company that installs it will continue to be around in the future. Research all of your options carefully to avoid getting locked in with a company you won’t be able to depend on in the future.

Radon gas is deadly, but fixing the problem doesn’t need to be scary. Take the time to do it right the first time and you will prevent a lot of problems in the future.  Click here to get a free quote for Radon Mitigation at your home.

Is Your Radon Mitigation System Labeled Properly? 


The Importance of a Fully Functional Radon Mitigation System

 A cancer-causing radioactive gas, radon is nothing to take lightly. If your home has never been tested for radon levels, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and other leading authorities on the subject strongly recommend that you do so immediately. If your home tests too high for this dangerous gas, you will be advised to install a quality radon mitigation system immediately.

 

What Is a Radon Mitigation System Label?

Whether you pay to have this system installed yourself or whether you inherit your system from one of your home’s previous owners, it is important to ensure that all radon mitigation systems are properly and fully labeled. In addition to special labels that may be necessary to identify temporary systems or specific equipment components, all radon mitigation systems should have a clearly legible label that looks something like this:

 

1) Installers Name /Company Name_______________________________________________

2) Installers Phone Number ______________________________________________________

3) Installers Certification/License Number __________________________________________

4) Date of Installation ___________________________________________________________

 

The Importance of a Clear and Complete Radon Mitigation System Label

 

The installer of your radon mitigation system is tasked with filling this label out in its entirety. If you are purchasing a new system, ensure that the installers have affixed a complete label to it before they leave your home. This label should be posted on the PVC pipe near the manometer gauge if possible and be both large and clear enough to be easily read from at least 3 feet away.

 

All the information on this label is necessary to record the work of the installer and to hold the installer accountable for the final operational system. In addition to the installer’s name, a phone number is included for ready contact should anything go wrong with the system.

 

The certification/license number line ensures that there can be no question about the installer’s qualifications. If a homeowner feels that it might be necessary to confirm the validity of their installer’s license, he or she can use the recorded license number when they contact the appropriate state governmental authorities.

 

The date of installation line is key for knowing just how old your radon mitigation system is. Although the lifespan of these systems can vary considerably, the national average is 11 years. Older systems often need to undergo substantial repair work or be replaced altogether. Having an accurate and handy record of your radon mitigation system’s installation date can also help with any existing manufacturer warranties. It isn’t uncommon for the makers of radon mitigation equipment to offer multi-year guarantees on their products.

 

For More Information

 

Building upon decades of  residential and commercial experience as a provider of radon testing for miners and uranium exploration back in the early 70’s, Radon Detection Systems (RDS) began offering private residential radon testing and mitigation in the mid-1980s.

 If you live in Northcentral Colorado and you want to learn more about radon mitigation system labeling or radon mitigation systems in general, contact a skilled industry professional at RDS today. Thanks to the company’s extensive expertise of Colorado’s geology, it is able to provide its clients with peace of mind, resting in the knowledge that their environment is a healthy one.

 

RDS is NEHA/NRPP certified for radon testing, mitigation, and laboratory analysis. The company also holds a perfect A-plus rating with the Better Business Bureau.

 

In addition to its full suite of radon testing and radon mitigation installations services, RDS provides lead testing, asbestos testing, mold testing, and mold remediation. Contact the company with any question and/or concerns that you might have at 303-444-5253.

Types of Radon test kits

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Radon gas, though not known to many, is the second top cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking in the United States. It is responsible for almost 21,000 deaths per year according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The gas is dangerous because it has no odor or color, hence making it hard to detect with the naked eye. It occurs naturally and is found everywhere around us; in fact, we could be breathing it right now. However, the gas becomes really dangerous when trapped inside a home. You can easily be overexposed to it and there is no treatment for that.

When moving to a new home, it is paramount that you get some detector to identify whether there are deadly amounts of radon present. But keep note, you should not do this test only when you are moving in to a new house, but also from time to time to inspect the current radon levels at any given time in your home.

There are a variety of  options of radon test kits available for home use:

1. Short term options

This first option of radon test kits checks your home for the presence of radon gas over a period of 2-3 days. They help determine the level of radon gas in the home at that particular time. However, although these tests are more affordable and fast, they measure a relatively short period and thus do not consider the underground flows of radon that keep changing from time to time. Most people use these tests to determine the need for a long-term test.

2. Long term options

Long term radon test kits are considered better than short term detectors because they have a broad result range. They check your home for radon over a period of close to one year and provide more conclusive results. The results can help you determine if your home needs a mitigation system installed or not. Long term radon test kits are considered accurate because they are able to measure significant fluctuations of the radon gas from one day to the other, week to week, month to month, and then provide an average.

3. Home purchase options:

  • Alpha-track radon detectors

They are by far the most popular purchase option. They are a long-term option that uses plastic sheets called polycarbonate plastic to collect particles from the air. The sheets are then analyzed by a lab and the radon levels in your home identified.

  • Charcoal radon detectors

These are short-term radon detectors but are a great and affordable option if you are on a budget. The charcoal absorbs gas from the surrounding air and then a lab analyzes it to identify radon gas presence.

  • Digital radon detectors

These detectors are an all-round favorite choice because they offer results continously and consistently. You do not need an analysis from the lab hence making them perfect for both short and long term uses.

4. Options completed by radon specialists

For thorough and well analyzed results, it is important to consult radon specialists to conduct the tests. Radon specialists have trained field experts who can help analyze the state of radon gas in your home in a way that you can’t. They also utilize much more advanced radon testing kits that give better results than home purchase options.

Risks and benefits of doing the tests yourself versus having a professional do it for you.

There is a risk of not doing the test right when you do it by yourself and thus getting inaccurate results. You could also be putting your life at the risk of overexposure all along without knowing it. On the bright side however, you will save a lot by doing it yourself.

Consulting a professional on the other hand will save you the time, energy and risk of getting inaccurate results. A professional will also be quick to note if a mitigation system is needed fast.

Product Highlight – What is the “Air Things Wave”?

Air Things Wave: Smarter Radon Detection and Fast, Accurate Results In the Palm of Your Hand

Technology should be used to promote, maintain, and improve the health and safety of everyone.” –Airthings

Whether you’re buying a home or relocating your business, radon testing is one of the most critical steps you can take when determining whether a property offers good air quality and a healthy environment—but testing and for radon toxicity shouldn’t stop there. Due to radon’s volatility, ongoing, reliable monitoring and mitigation is a must for locations prone to higher-than-normal levels:

  • 95 percent of counties in Colorado have radon levels above EPA guidelines of 4.0 pCi/L
  • One out of every two homes in Colorado have elevated radon levels
  • Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking
  • Every 25 minutes someone is diagnosed with radon-induced cancer
  • There are approximately 21,000 radon-related deaths each year

To maintain a healthy living or working environment, regular testing is critical—and now, you can access radon levels from anywhere, anytime with the new Airthings Wave, compatible with Android and iOS smartphones.

Avoid the Long Wait of Charcoal Canister Radon Lab Testing

The Airthings Wave offers mobile compatibility, speed, and accuracy along with a user-friendly testing device; simply wave your hand in front of Wave for a fast, reliable reading. This is a vast improvement over traditional charcoal canisters, which must be left for a set length of time before being sent off to the lab for analysis. Another downfall of charcoal canisters comes with their inability to provide real-time data or historical results: even after waiting for results of the lab test, your reading represents just a snapshot in time. Realistically, by the time those results get back to you, they might not accurately reflect what’s really going on with the radon levels in your home or business.

Airthings Wave Offers Radon Readings Anywhere, Anytime

Wave allows you to avoid shipping canisters and waiting on lab results altogether. With one and a half years of battery life, first results in just one hour, and a simple installation process that takes one screw, Wave offers consistent readings anytime—whether it’s from the comfort of your own home or on the road.

At night, simply wave your hand in front of the device to generate a lighted visual of current radon levels: a green light indicates healthy levels, yellow means levels are temporarily higher, and red warns that radon has reached the danger threshold. From your smartphone, you can access current radon levels and historical data averages over the last 48 hours, week, month, and year for every room in your home or business. The Wave has sensors that monitor radon, temperature, and humidity so you don’t have to worry about fluctuating climate affecting your results.

What Should I Do If I Get a High Radon Reading?

Of course, Airthings Wave can only get you so far when it comes to protecting your family or your employees from the harmful effects of radon toxicity.

If you’re concerned about the radon levels in your home or business, the best course of action is to first consult with an AARST/NRPP-certified contractor who will guide you in testing and, if necessary, removing harmful radon from your environment. If high levels of radon are present, your contractor may recommend installing a sub-slab depressurization system or another non-invasive radon mitigation method. RDS Environmental is Colorado’s leading expert in radon testing and remediation. Call us for a free consultation and estimate.

Radon on Deaths on the Rise: Why Are More Non-Smokers Dying From Lung Cancer?  

Lung cancer is currently the leading cause of cancer-related death, outranking breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. The American Cancer Society estimates that 222,500 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2017, and that 155,870 Americans will succumb to the disease. But while lung cancer is typically associated with smoking, many Americans who have never smoked and have barely been exposed to secondhand smoke are still diagnosed. The cause could be radon exposure, which remains an alarming problem in a variety of settings.

 

Radon Exposure and Lung Cancer

Ample empirical evidence indicates a link between radon exposure and lung cancer. Although the radon exposure associated with lung cancer was once believed to be primarily prompted by smoking, many studies suggest that radon in residential, commercial, and industrial settings can place exposed individuals at considerable risk.

It’s common knowledge that mines and other industrial settings prompt excessive exposure to radon, but residential settings may be nearly as bad. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology linked higher than desirable radon concentrations with lung cancer diagnosis. Shockingly, sixty percent of participants’ basement radon concentrations exceeded recommendations established by the US Environmental Protection Agency. This was also true in thirty percent of first-floor radon concentrations. Often, people with too much radon in their homes remained in those residences for decades, therefore suffering a more cumulative impact of radon exposure than those who moved from place to place.

Radon exposure has been a major source of concern for years, but recent studies indicate that it may actually be on the rise. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Geisinger Health System believe that, in many cases, this rise can be attributed to industrial activity, including fracking.

 

Lung Cancer Rates on the Rise in Non-Smokers

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, smoking rates have declined significantly in the last few decades. A recent CDC study found that found that just over fifteen percent of adults smoked in 2015 — down ten percent since 1997. Unfortunately, despite many Americans quitting smoking or not starting in the first place, lung cancer deaths remain shockingly common. Although smoking cessation has protected many adults, others have fallen victim to lung cancer caused by factors other than tobacco use. A UK study presented at the World Conference on Lung Cancer suggests that lung cancer rates among non-smokers have doubled in recent years. Unfortunately, researchers admit that they have no idea of the true incidence of lung cancer in the undiagnosed population, but they suspect that it could be higher than the current diagnosis rate suggests. If their fears are correct, we could witness a huge upswing in diagnoses in coming years.

 

As long as radon concentrations remain high in residential and commercial settings, adults will consider to suffer unexpected lung cancer diagnosis, and eventually, die from the disease, despite never having smoked. The sooner we make radon level reduction a priority, the sooner we will see the rapid decrease in lung cancer that we’ve already fought for through smoking cessation campaigns.

A Radon System Works Simply, Protecting Your Health—and Home Value  

Radon mitigation redirects radon gas to flow outside the home rather than into it. The radon is released outside to be diluted by outdoor air, so that it is no longer hazardous.

An expertly installed radon mitigation system can remove your home’s radon up to 99%, ensuring the home is down to the lowest levels possible. A fan continuously brings the radon through PVC piping from under the basement, or the home’s foundation. The fan is mounted on an inconspicuous spot outside, in your attic, or in your garage. The chimney, or the shrubs and other landscaping, can help blend the system’s exterior parts with your home. Inside, an installation in your finished basement should also look finished.

The installation price is within the range for typical home repairs. And the cost to keep the system running will be about the same as for keeping a 75-watt light bulb on—around $100 per year.

Why Is Radon an Issue?

Radon gas breaks down into radioactive particles that can harm lung tissue. Eventually, in some people, this can lead to lung cancer.

From studies of cancer in miners, we know more about radon risks than we know about the risks of most cancer-causing substances. Smokers and children may have higher risks.

How Do I Know My Home’s Radon Levels?

Radon is invisible, and varies seasonally. But your home’s average can be measured. Radon Detection Systems (RDS) is a qualified tester. We’re Colorado’s longest-running testing and mitigation contractor—and the first company ever to perform home radon testing.

Testing homes is more important than ever. The well-sealed, modern home conserves energy, yet can concentrate radon inside. A home buyer may ask the seller if the building is radon-resistant. Many of today’s builders incorporate radon-resistant construction techniques in homes.

Be aware, though, that even the best builder-installed radon systems do not always keep radon levels low enough. It all depends on how strongly the radon emanates into the house. So even radon-resistant buildings should be tested.

Radon levels continue to pose serious health risks in nearly 1 out of 15 U.S. homes, including many Colorado homes. Radon can seep through concrete and other semi-porous materials. Test results of 4 pCi/L or more indicate the need for a qualified mitigation company to help you install or upgrade to an active, fan-based system.

Radon and Selling a Home

Buyers and renters increasingly ask about radon levels in the home as a whole. Buyers will also sometimes ask about specific rooms or spaces. They might be planning to finish a basement that the seller might not have had tested, for example. Many buyers want tests done by a party not connected to the seller.

Begin mitigation if needed, so this issue won’t complicate the home sale later. Long-term testing is best, but you can use two short-term, side-by-side tests (4 inches apart) to learn if you need a mitigation system now.

The Environmental Protection Agency publishes a Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon. Our family-owned and operated office is also ready to assist you. Our knowledge of Colorado geology gives our clients the focused testing and mitigation expertise they demand.

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My neighbor’s house has a radon problem. Will my house have one?

Radon–a radioactive gas attributed with causing lung cancer over time–can be an intimidating issue for home owners, especially when looking to buy or sell a house. It is a tasteless, colorless, odorless radioactive gas that forms by the natural decaying process of uranium in soil, rock, or water. Radon exists in all 50 states and can only be confirmed by testing for it. One of the most frequent questions regarding the presence of radon in the home is:

If my neighbor’s house has a high radon reading, will my house have a high radon reading?

The short answer: Not necessarily.

 

The longer answer: Your home (and therefore your home’s radon reading) is completely independent of your neighbor’s house. Though the culprit in elevated radon readings is most often the soil beneath the house–which would likely be similar to your neighbor’s house–the home’s unique structure can impact how the gas is trapped and released. So if your home has a crawl space, for instance, and your neighbor’s house does not have a crawl space, this can impact the radon reading. Additionally, cracks in the foundation or open sump lids can affect the reading.

Solution: Testing your home is the best (and really the only) way to know if you are dealing with high radon levels.

Here are 5 additional things to keep in mind:

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  1. If you are nervous about the potential for elevated radon, you can complete your own radon test using a DIY kit found at most hardware or home stores. While a personal test may not suffice for a home inspection in the event you are looking to sell, it may give you a heads up about what the home inspector may be able to discover during the inspection. Or it may put your mind at ease that you have nothing to worry about.
  2. The age of your home doesn’t matter. Even if you are buying or selling a brand new house, elevated levels of radon may be present. Since radon is a gas, it can seep through the tiniest of cracks in finished or unfinished basements. Don’t assume a brand new house is free of radon. Radon is not dependent on the age of the home.
  3. Don’t assume any house is radon resistant. It is possible to buy a house with a “Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC)” label, but be sure you test (or have your home inspector test) for the presence of radon. The RRNC label requires the installation of specific radon pipes, but it does not require the presence of a mitigation fan. Without this fan, the house is not resistant to high levels of radon. It is always a wise decision to test.
  4. Radon levels vary in major ways from house to house. Again, the only way to know if your house has a radon issue is to have your house tested.
  5. Testing for levels of radon is not hard, but certain procedures are required for accurate results. Hiring a professional is the wisest route for reliable results and for peace of mind. And since radon is a silent threat (causing no warning signs such as headache, fatigue, or nausea), testing is the only answer.

Bottom line: Testing your house for the radon level is the way to truly know if your home is safe or not. And the good news? Even if you learn that the radon level is not what it should be, there are solutions. Take heart. Remediation is possible. Contact a professional, certified radon contractor (or mitigator) and he or he will walk you through the process and help you find the best solution.

 

Key Reason Colorado Has the U.S.’s 7th Highest Radon Readings

While many Americans are aware of the potential risks associated with carbon monoxide poisoning, there is another invisible threat that is a hundred times deadlier than carbon monoxide: radon gas. Colorado residents in particular should be aware of this threat as statewide levels of radon are the seventh highest in the nation. As exposure to radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country, Coloradans need to understand the threat, know why Colorado’s levels are so high and take precautionary steps to protect themselves and their families from this silent killer.

What is radon?

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Radon gas is a naturally-occurring product that results when uranium decays, and this odorless and colorless gas can seep up into homes and other buildings through cracks in the foundation. Buildings then trap the gas, allowing it to build up to toxic levels. Long-term exposure to radon gas can cause lung cancer; indeed, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer across the United States, and as many as 20,000 deaths are attributable to radon-caused lung cancer each year. Other studies have indicated that exposure to radon gas may also increase the risk of other cancers including childhood leukemia.

Why is Colorado’s risk so high?

As a natural byproduct of the radioactive decaying process of uranium, radon gas is present wherever uranium naturally occurs in the soil. Different soils have different concentrations of uranium, but the mineral makeup of Colorado’s soil is particularly uranium-dense. According to a spokesperson from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado is a “highly mineralized state” with ample granite deposits, and the particular geological composition of areas across the state includes large amounts of naturally-occurring uranium. These natural mineral formations provide the perfect breeding ground for radon gas. Indeed, the Environmental Protection Agency has set a safety guideline for radon gas concentration at 4.0 pCi/L, and 95 percent of all counties in Colorado exceed this level.

The occurrence of radon gas is so high in almost every county across the state that nearly half of all Colorado homes are projected to have elevated levels of radon. The risk of these high radon levels holds true for all types of homes across the state, whether new or old and whether well-sealed or well-ventilated. As the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that approximately one in 15 houses across the country has an elevated radon level, it is easy to see that the radon risk that Coloradans face is much higher than that of the average American.

What steps should Colorado residents take to protect themselves and their families from this threat?

Because the risk of radon gas exposure is so high across the state, all Colorado residents should be aware of how to detect the presence of toxic levels of radon. Test kits are widely available across the state, and testing is generally straightforward. Most common short-term radon test kits simply require that all windows and doors remain closed during testing. Alternatively, professional testing is available to help you ensure the most accurate results.

If you find out that your home does contain an elevated level of radon, installing a mitigation system is necessary to prevent the harmful effects of this toxic gas. At RDSEnvironmental, we are

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AARST/NRPP certified for both radon testing and radon mitigation system installation. Learn more about your options for testing and mitigating your home’s radon gas levels by contacting us today.

What are my options when buying a home with Elevated Radon levels gas and infested with mold?

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When buying a house, you need to carry out a thorough check up on its condition. This is to ensure that the house is conducive for living both health-wise and environmentally. In some cases, however, you may find that the house you intend on buying requires a radon system. This may be a challenging thing since most people have no idea what to do in that scenario. For this case, let’s look at what Radon is and how to go about it.

What is Radon?

Radon is an odorless gas that is colorless and thus not detectable by humans. It is a result of uranium breakdown from the soil and when it is released to the air, it can get trapped inside your home. In the United States, it is the second leading causes of lung cancer next to cigarette smoking.

 

What to do if the home you are buying has high Radon?

 

The only way to know if the home you are looking at buying has radon, is to test for it. There are a variety of radon testing devices, but be sure the device that is used has tamper proof capabilities.  If elevated radon levels are confirmed to be present, then a radon system or radon mitigation systemshould be installed to reduce the concentrations of the radioactive gas from the air and on occasion from the water supply. Negotiating with the seller should be done and you should request to have the money escrowed at closing so you can have a radon system installed and hire a professional remediation contractor directly.

There are cases where the seller may opt to have the radon mitigation system installed in the home instead of giving you the money or escrowing the money to mitigate the home. In most cases, the seller gets a system from the lowest bidder and the system is poorly installed and uses inferior materials and thus not so efficient. Therefore, it is recommended that you contract directly with a radon mitigation professional yourself and ensure the system that is installed will be reducing your radon levels and not increasing your radon levels or causing other issues like mold.

What is Mold?

Mold is fungi that grows everywhere and can grow on built areas such as homes and buildings. Mold can destroy the structural integrity of a home. Molds are common both indoors and outdoors but they generally occur in moist areas. Exposure to mold can cause allergic reactions as well as trigger asthma attacks and thus exposure to molds should be avoided.

Just like a house is tested for radon gas, the home should be inspected for mold growth should there be water intrusion concerns or a history of water intrusion.  In the case where a house is infected with mold, negotiating with the seller should be done to ensure the house is properly remediated. You should make sure you hire a  professional mold remediation company that is very efficient as well as trustworthy.

 

Questions to ask before hiring a mold remediation company

  • Can you recommend experts in the case where your company cannot manage to do all the work?

A good company should have employees who are honest. This means that if the company does not have enough resources to carry out the mold remediation project, then they should be in a position to recommend someone else without fear of losing clients to the competitors.

 

  • Do you offer warranties for your services?

A good mold removing company should be able to guarantee their work. Therefore, if a post-remediation inspection is done and mold remains, the company should carry out further cleaning or remediation without asking for additional fees.

  • How long have you been offering this service?

You will need to find a company that has been operational for a while. This will assure you of their experience in offering the service as well as assure you that they will be there when needed.

  • How do they do mold remediation?

The company you plan on hiring should know the procedure of removing mold and follow the IICRC Standards in addition to any state requirements. The company should know that the first step is fixing any water intrusion or leaks prior to any remediation. In addition they should do thorough pre-testing and ensure the work areas are properly contained as to prevent cross-contamination.

There are many things to consider while buying a house. If radon and mold are a concern; be sure to educate yourself by visiting your State Health Department or the EPA’s website. Be sure you know exactly what to do when faced with such a situation.