Radon Mitigation Baraboo WI
Radon gas isn’t something to ignore, being that it causes over 20,000 deaths a year in the US alone. That is why radon mitigation is on the rise in Baraboo WI. Sauk County, much like the rest of the state has a higher than average risk of residential and commercial properties testing high for radon gas. A study done by the Wisconsin DHS from 1995-2016 showed that 42.3% of homes evaluated in Baraboo had radon levels at or above 4.0pCi/L. Lifetime Radon works tirelessly to inform homeowners in Baraboo and all of Wisconsin of the dangers of radon, and we install thousands of radon mitigation systems every year to solve this cancer causing issue. With over 22 years of business under our belts, we are able to provide fast and easy estimates, top notch service, and exceptional results. Radon testing and radon mitigation do not have to be a stressful process, and typically testing and mitigation won’t break the bank either. In Baraboo, radon mitigation systems range from $895 to $1500, and radon testing only ranges from $25 to $200 depending on your needs. Every home is unique, so we build our radon mitigation systems custom on site. We follow all EPA regulations for installation, we are certified, bonded and insured, and most importantly we want to help you! Everyone has their own reasons to have a mitigation system installed, whether it be for their own health, for a real estate transaction, or even for moisture reduction. No matter what the reason, we can help! Give us a call now for a free estimate.
Radon FAQ's Baraboo WI
What is Radon?
Radon is a naturally occurring noble gas that is present in trace amounts in the outside air. It comes from the decay of uranium in the soil and travels up from the soil to dissipate in the air. When a structure such as a home or commercial building blocks its path, it gets trapped and starts to seep into the structure. Once inside of a home or building, it can start to build up to dangerous levels because it has nowhere to escape to. The decay chain of radon is what is harmful to human lungs, and over time it can cause lung cancer in both humans and their pets. Since radon is a dense gas, it tends to build up in the lower levels of a structure so it is most commonly is found in basements, but can travel to higher floors if the levels are high enough or the home has a strong heating and cooling system to direct it throughout the home.
Are there other options to lower my radon levels besides mitigation?
There are a lot of small tricks that homeowners in Baraboo try, to reduce their radon levels without actually having a proper mitigation system installed, and for the most part, they don’t work effectively. Opening windows is a popular technique, but is not a sustainable radon reduction technique, because obviously in the winter time, leaving windows open is not a great option. Additionally, opening windows does not always reduce the radon levels in the home, in some cases it can actually bring more radon in. Another method we have seen used is to simply seal the cracks and sump crock and nothing else. This can maybe reduce the levels a few decimal points, but with nothing actively pulling the radon gas out before it can get in, the radon will find another way to get in, and may build up to even higher levels because of how well sealed everything is now. Another popular option is to install an air exchange system in the home. This can definitely change the radon levels in the home, but not only is it a much pricier option on initial install, but energy costs for an HRV system are also much higher than that of a radon mitigation system. HRV systems also do not get rid of radon at the source, instead they allow radon to get into the home before removing it, so you will still be exposed. The only proven and guaranteed way to effectively remove radon gas from your home is to install a proper radon mitigation system.
How does radon mitigation work?
Radon mitigation works by creating a negative pressure underneath the slab, to draw the rising radon gas in and then safely reroute it above the roofline to dissipate. This is done using 3” or 4” PVC piping and a specially designed inline radon mitigation fan. In most homes, the system pulls airflow through the sump crock and drain-tile to create this negative pressure, but in homes that do not have a sump crock or drain tile, the system must be run off of a dug out suction pit under the slab of the home to achieve similar results. Per code, the fan must not be located in a possible living space and the piping must extend 6-12” above the roofline away from windows and doors. This usually leaves two options, which include running the piping and fan to the exterior, or into the garage and through the garage roof. The most popular style of radon mitigation in Baraboo is the garage system because of the aesthetics.
How much does a radon mitigation system in Baraboo Cost?
Radon mitigation systems are not one size fits all, so the pricing on a system is largely dependent on the build of the home. However, our pricing is pretty standard so a radon system in Baraboo will typically cost between $925-$1500. Homes that have drain tile fall into the lower end of the price range than older homes that do not, and if you have existing electrical outlets where the fan will be placed, that will also save you money. To find out what your home in Baraboo would cost to mitigate, give us a call now! Our estimates are free, and our staff can answer all the questions you have.
Radon Mitigation Companies Near Baraboo WI
You may have heard the phrase “going cheap can be expensive” before, and in the radon mitigation industry, this rings true more times than not. There are a lot of options when shopping around for a mitigation company however there do exist many uncertified and inexperienced companies looking to make a quick buck and get out before Wisconsin starts requiring it. We strongly recommend getting bids only from certified and experienced professionals, because improperly installed radon mitigation systems can result in thousands of dollars of damage, fines from the city for unlicensed electrical work, and/or unsatisfactory retest results. For a free estimate on a radon mitigation system in Baraboo from a licensed and experienced contractor, give us a call now!