Radon: Do I Need a Radon Test?
MN Radon Brochure: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/rnbrochure.pdf MN
Radon Contractor/Mitigation Providers:
Questions for to ask when hiring a Mitigation Contractor:
-Will the contractor perform diagnostics to determine the suction point location and correct pipe and fan sizes?
-Who is responsible for obtaining permits, if required?
-Will a contract be provided?
-Who will do the licensed electrical work?
-Is there a warranty on materials or the workmanship? If so, for how long? Do they warranty system performance?
-How will the system be evaluated?
-Will the contractor offer the homeowner training in the radon mitigation system operations and/or troubleshooting?
-Will the contractor guarantee that radon levels will be brought to below the Environmental -Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended action level of 4.0 pCi/L?
-What will the contractor do if post mitigation radon levels are not below the EPA’s recommended action level?
-Can the contractor provide a list of references and their individual certification number?
Is the quoted price guaranteed?
1. Do I need a Radon Test?
My clients often ask me if they should get a radon test when buying a home.
My answer is, Yes, I recommend it.
It’s easy and cheap to get it tested, so it is worth the piece of mind and your health.
2. What is Radon?
Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that seeps up from the earth.
It is produced from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils.
Because soil is porous, radon gas is able to move up through the dirt and rocks and into the air we breathe.
Radon can enter your home through various entry points.
Some examples: Cracks in concrete slabs, Exposed soil, sump pump or drain tile, or open tops of block walls, among others.
3. How Serious is it?
Radon can be a health concern if you are exposed to long-term exposure.
In fact, Radon gas is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the second leading cause of cancer in America, behind smoking.
In MN, 2 in 5 homes have radon levels that pose a health risk.
4. How do I know if I have radon in my home?
There are two easy ways to have your home tested for Radon.
One way is to have your home inspector test for radon while they perform your home inspection.
Home Inspectors do a short term radon test between 48 and 72 hours. The cost is typically around $150.
The second way is to purchase a radon test kit.
They cost between $5 & $25 depending on the type of kit you get, just make sure the price includes laboratory analysis.
With this type of test, you set the kit up in your basement by following the instructions.
When the testing timeframe is complete you send the tester in the mail to a lab where they measure your radon levels.
5. What can I do if I have high levels?
A high level is considered 4 Picocuries per liter of air or more.
The Environment Protection Agency and MN Dept. of Health set this recommendation level.
So if your level is above 4 Picocuries, they recommend you have a radon mitigation system installed in your home.
With the radon mitigation installed, radon levels are usually below 2 Picocuries and often below 1.
6. Who can I hire to install my radon mitigation system?
You want to hire a contractor that specializes in radon mitigation.
I will include a link below to the MN Dept. of Health website where they have a list of qualified contractors.
I’ll also include a list of questions that you may want to ask when hiring your mitigation contractor.
The system can usually be installed and up and running in one day.
7. How much will it cost?
The cost depends on how your home was built and the extent of your radon problem.
In general Radon Mitigation Systems cost between $1100 to $2500, but the Avg. cost is usually around $1500.
I hope this helped answer your questions about Radon and whether or not you should have a radon test when buying or selling your home.
If you have other questions about real estate or need help with buying or selling feel free to give me a call, email, or text and I’ll be happy to help you out.
This is an informational video about Radon and Do I need a Radon test? Brought to you by Darin Bjerknes of Commonwealth Realty.