Radon mitigation contractors that do not use licensed electricians and/or don’t pull permits when necessary for the electrical portion of the radon system are putting homeowners and themselves at a huge risk. When shopping around for the best company to mitigate your home, here are the reasons you should be hyper aware of each company's electrical procedures.
1. It is illegal in the state of Wisconsin to perform unlicensed electrical work.
In order for a radon mitigation fan to be installed properly, and to code, the fan needs to be either plugged in to a GFCI outlet with a proper bubble cover within 6ft of the fans placement, or hardwired to a switch. In Wisconsin, this work is required by law to be done by a licensed electrician. As a cost cutting measure to undercut reputable companies, many smaller, uncertified contractors will perform the electrical work themselves. If you don’t see anything about electrical work on a proposal given to you by another radon company, you should start asking questions. Some guys will even go as far as claiming they are electricians when in reality they hold no licenses whatsoever. The safest and most reliable way for a radon company to ensure the electrical work is done properly and in a legal way is to subcontract a licensed electrical company, or hire a master electrician, to perform the electrical work on every system. At Lifetime Radon Solutions, we have teamed up with Roblee Electric for the Southeastern Wisconsin region, and N&N Electric for the Madison area. Not only will you know for a fact that the electrical work is being done properly, but you can be sure that you are covered from a liability perspective as well.
2. Failure to pull permits for electrical work will result in big fines from most municipalities.
The majority of municipalities in the state of Wisconsin require permits to be pulled for any electrical work performed. Inspectors have taken notice of unpermitted radon mitigation system installations and have started to crack down on both the installers and the homeowners. Don’t risk getting fined because you choose a significantly cheaper mitigation option. Make sure the mitigator you choose is either partnered with a licensed electrical contractor, or has a master electrician on staff, and ask if a permit will be pulled.
3. If a radon mitigator performing electrical work is not licensed, their liability insurance coverage will not cover damage or issues related to the home's electrical system.
When performing unlicensed electrical work on a home, many issues can arise that can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. Electrical repair is not cheap, and the contractors insurance plan will almost certainly deny any claim related to that type of work as it is outside of the scope of their companies work. What this means is, if your home's electrical systems become damaged due to an unlicensed mitigator attempting to wire the radon system themselves, you will be on the hook for the cost of the repairs.
4. Faulty wiring can cause damage to the radon fan or even cause a fire
Radon fan warranties are typically not honored by the manufacturer when the fan is installed by an uncertified contractor. This is because they need to be installed properly to operate efficiently for years to come. If the wiring to the fan is not done by an electrician, the fan can easily short circuit, and in rare cases even start a fire. These issues can easily be avoided by calling a certified contractor that does things the right way.
As mentioned before, Lifetime Radon Solutions. Inc. has partnerships with reputable electricians that are licensed to do all the electrical work needed for our radon mitigation systems. Due to our great relationship with these companies, we also have worked out a flat rate for all electrical work needed (meaning that no matter how much work they have to do to get the fan wired, it will always be the same price). We also take care of all the scheduling and payments for the electricians to make the process easier for you. Give us a call today for a free radon mitigation quote!