Radon Mitigation in Blaine MN
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, formed by radioactive decay of uranium in rock, water, and soil. Testing is the only way to detect how much radon is present. Reliable techniques can reduce the radon levels in homes. Radon mitigation systems have developed to the point that any home in Blaine, MN can be fixed. A large percentage of homes in Blaine, MN have elevated radon levels present. A proper radon test is essential to finding out if your home is in need of a radon mitigation system. Radon gas is a hazard seeping into your home each day and can not be detected by any of your senses. Radon enters through the gaps in the foundation, or gaps around windows and doors. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends performing radon mitigation if your levels are above 4.0 pCi/L but there exists no known levels of radon that is safe. Radon mitigation should be installed in accordance with the standards or guidelines of the state license or certification.
Radon Testing in Blaine MN
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. It is a fairly simple process and takes very little of your time. We offer a few different testing options depending on the time frame you are working with. For homeowners who are not in the midst of a real estate transaction we recommend our DIY charcoal testing kit. The charcoal testing kit is only $25 dollars including shipping and lab fees. The test kit is set up by you with the help of detailed instructions and sits in the home for 3-5 days. Once the test is done, the kit is shipped to our lab for analysis, and results can get back to you in a week. For homeowners who don’t have a lot of time or want a professional to set up the test, we offer a short term digital monitor. Active radon detectors are often called radon monitors and provide the radon concentration reading over a set period of time. Short term digital tests can be completed in 48 hrs and results can be sent to you as soon as the test period is over. If the radon level is above or at 4 pCi/L, the EPA recommends performing a second test. If an elevated level is found, installation of a radon mitigation system is highly recommended. High levels of radon gas cause serious health issues when inhaled for a long period of time. You won't feel sick or have any symptoms right away. Testing is the only way to know if there is a radon problem. For more radon testing information or to schedule a test give us a call or click the link below!
Radon Mitigation Installation Blaine
Based on the result of the aforementioned tests, consider looking into a radon mitigation system for your home in Blaine, MN. The main goal of the radon mitigation installation is to decrease the amount of radon in the home, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Thus, a proper mitigation system is very important. Most home buyers are now requiring a system to be installed before closing on the home, so if you are thinking of selling your home at any time, installing a radon mitigation system will increase the value of the home and make it easier to sell.
Radon forms from the deterioration of uranium in the soil and the gas formed from that process has a tendency to build up under the concrete of a homes foundation. Normal wear and tear in the home creates small cracks that allow the radon gas to escape and enter your home. Radon mitigation systems include a PVC vent pipe and a radon fan. The piping is inserted into the basement floor and utilizes either the homes drain tile system, or a suction pit dug out by a technician. We seal down any large cracks and your sump crock to create the negative suction needed to draw the radon into the piping and out above the roofline. The radon fan and piping once it exits the basement can be placed in either the garage or on the exterior of the home depending on the type of home we are dealing with. We custom build all of our systems to fit your home and have been doing this for over 20 years, so you can be sure you will receive the highest quality system for the best price.
Exterior Systems: Exterior style radon mitigation systems are probably the most commonly known systems. The piping starts in the basement, runs up the basement wall, penetrates through the rim joist to the exterior, and then extends up above the roofline of the home. The fan is placed on the exterior of the home near the ground.
Garage Systems: A garage style system starts out like the exterior systems do, but instead of coming out to the exterior of the home, the piping starts in the basement and comes in through the shared wall in the garage. The piping and fan are then placed inside of the garage, and vents through the roofline. The benefits of this system include:
Radon Mitigation Companies in Blaine MN
If your test results for radon gas come back high, you are likely to contact multiple mitigation companies in Blaine, MN to gather multiple quotes and receive more information. During this process there are some things to consider and investigate prior choosing the right company.
- Read the companies reviews on sites like Google, Home Advisor, Yelp, and Angies List. Make sure that they have more than just a couple reviews, and are rated above 4 stars.
- Ensure that the company is certified by the American Association of Radon Science Technologists (AARST) and that all of their technicians are certified by the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP).
- If the company claims that they can provide the electrical work themselves, make sure that they are pulling the right permits. There are companies out there that try to cut corners and it can cost you in the long run.
- Make sure the company is being transparent about any possible costs that could arise during installation.
- Being cheap can be costly with radon mitigation systems, so if you receive a quote that is much lower than the other companies you call, find out why. A mitigation system in Blaine should be in the price range of 1100-1600 dollars depending on the home.