1. Your health:
By far the biggest reason you should have a radon mitigation system installed in your home is to keep you, and your family safe. Radon is a class A carcinogen, which means there is evidence that it causes cancer in humans. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that over 21,000 people in the US alone die from radon induced lung cancer annually. So, as the second leading cause of lung cancer only to smoking, radon poses a large threat to homeowners, and the scary thing is, it's invisible. Unlike smoking, where most everyone knows the risks and you can see and feel the smoke going into your lungs, radon cannot be smelled, seen, or tasted. The decay chain of radon is what poses the danger to human lungs, and the radioactivity that is emitted is what causes cancer. With the emergence of new technology, radon gas can now be easily detected with the use of test kits, and digital testing monitors. This means more and more homeowners are able to test their homes easily and for an affordable price. Don’t risk you and your families health by ignoring this cancer causing gas. Have your home tested, and mitigated if the results come back above 4.0pCi/L.
2. Increased value of the home:
Much of our business comes from homeowners in the midst of selling who ultimately need to install a radon mitigation system as a condition of the sale. What this means is, most new home buyers are demanding homes that have low radon levels before they move in. We’ve even seen instances where high radon levels almost ruined the sale because the buyer was afraid that the home was a health hazard. Fortunately, radon can be effectively removed from any property for less money than you may think. Once installed, radon mitigation systems run continuously keeping radon from entering the home, so when it comes time for inspection, you won’t have to worry about failing the radon test. Comparatively to other home repairs such as roofing, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical, radon mitigation is much less of an expense. Additionally, radon mitigation can be completed in less than a day with retest results back in less than a week.
3. Moisture reduction:
An unintended but certainly welcome byproduct of installing a radon mitigation system is moisture reduction. Most homeowners see a significant difference with the humidity levels in their basement after a radon mitigation system is put in place. A lot of homeowners tell us that they no longer have to run their dehumidifiers at all, while others say they run dehumidifiers significantly less than they normally did before. There have been studies done by the EPA on moisture reduction from radon mitigation systems that showed statistically significant reductions in moisture levels in the basement over time, so not only will you be drawing out dangerous radon gas from your home, you will also be keeping your basement dry, which is pretty cool!
4. Peace of mind:
Radon mitigation systems are designed to not only reduce the current radon levels in the home significantly, but also to keep them low indefinitely. Radon levels fluctuate throughout the year, and can change drastically as time goes on or as new cracks form in the basement when the home settles. If your radon levels were at 3.0 pCi/L when you bought the house, there’s a good chance that the levels could surge up above 4.0 pCi/L in just a few years. Some homeowners like to live on the edge and risk not taking action on their radon levels, but most people are concerned with their health and can achieve the piece of mind that they are safe from this cancer causing threat by installing a radon mitigation system. With a radon system, you can rest easy that there is a continuously running device in place to keep radon out, and keep it out for years to come. There’s no more worrying about pressure changes and different times of the year making your home unsafe, a radon mitigation system is designed to keep your radon levels low year round.
5. Elimination of mold and mildew smell from open crawl spaces
Many homes throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota have open crawl spaces in the basement or under additions, and this can be a major source of radon and mold. In addition to installing a radon mitigation system in these homes, we also seal down the crawlspace with an airtight vapor barrier. This not only helps with keeping radon from rushing in through that open space, but also helps with the musty smell that many times emanates from such crawlspaces. The vapor barrier also helps with moisture in the basement, and can protect from all other soil gases coming up into the home as well. Once sealed down, you will undoubtedly notice a drastic improvement in air quality of the basement, and aesthetically, it looks a lot cleaner.
For more information on radon mitigation, and it’s benefits, you can always reach us by phone or email. We offer free estimates to all homeowners living in Wisconsin and Minnesota!
Brian S. Thompson