Radon testing and radon mitigation are highly specialized trades.
This is one industry that still hasn't been taken over by the DIYers.
And, selecting the right radon contractor can be a life or death decision.
As the second leading cause of lung cancer in America, radon contributes to more than 21,000 deaths every year.
High levels of radon can occur anywhere in the country. There is no section or area of the country that is completely safe from radon.
Because of this, you want to be sure to select a radon mitigation company that knows what they're doing and can rid your home or business of its radon problem.
When you hire a radon mitigation company, a professional radon contractor will analyze your business or residence and help you choose the best method for radon gas reduction.
They will also make sure the mitigation system they install works properly and lowers the radon levels back to a safe reading.
In the article below, we will talk about things you should consider, and questions you should ask when hiring your radon mitigation company.
Table Of Contents
- What is radon?
- Things to consider
- Questions to ask
- Ready to get started?
What Is Radon
First, A little bit about radon.
Radon is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, and completely undetectable without testing.
It's a radioactive gas formed by the decay of uranium found in various rocks in the Earth's crust.
It tends to accumulate in low-lying areas, such as basements, but it can be found anywhere.
Some people wonder if opening a window will help to reduce radon levels. Read our blog post: "Does Opening a Window Reduce Radon?"
Areas of the country with high concentrations of rocks that give off radon, like granite, have a higher risk of homes and businesses accumulating unsafe levels of radon gas.
Given the fact that it kills over 21,000 people a year, very few people fully understand how to detect or treat areas contaminated with the has. Many people aren't even aware of the existence of radon.
This is why it is critical to select a qualified radon mitigation company to be sure your home or business is safe to live or work in.
Things To Consider
Here are three things you should consider when you start your search for a radon mitigation company.
Is The Company Licensed And Certified?
If you come across a company without any licenses or certifications, run away as fast as you can.
There's not a single mandatory national licensing program for those involved in the radon trade.
However, you should be sure the company you choose is certified by the NRPP.
AARST-NRPP professionals adhere to the ANSI American National Standards and must undergo rigorous training, testing, and continuing education to retain certification.
Companies that do not follow these standards have the potential to expose their clients to unhealthy levels of radon due to improper installation.
Those clients will then have to spend more money to have the systems re-installed due to faulty or cheap installation practices.
Does The Company Offer A Guarantee?
The best radon mitigation companies provide a written guarantee that if the mitigation system or a fan malfunctions, or if improper installation causes improper functioning, the contractors will fix it for free.
The Environmental Protection Agency advises that radon levels should be lower than 4 picocuries per liter, and your company should be able to keep the levels below that range.
A reputable radon company should be able to install a system and be confident that the radon levels will be returned to safe levels.
A refusal to offer a warranty or guarantee could indicate a lack of quality and.or experience.
Do They Perform Post Tests?
The only way to be completely sure that your radon mitigation system is working is to come back and test it.
It's not mandatory in most areas, but at least one post-test should be performed after every installation.
Short-term tests can be completed within a week of installation.
A long-term test should last at least 90 days.
Both tests work, but long-term tests are recommended because radon levels can fluctuate every day.
Questions To Ask
Once you've done your research and you're ready to start talking to companies, here are three questions you should ask them.
Are You Insured?
Radon is a risky business, and radon mitigation systems will sometimes require significant alterations to your home or business.
You want to be absolutely sure your radon contractor has adequate insurance.
Be sure to check their insurance certificate to be sure it has proper coverage and is up to date.
The last thing you need is to be left high and dry if your radon mitigation company damages your home and can't afford to fix it.
Can You Give Me A Firm Price?
No matter what type of work you're getting done, when you're dealing with any kind of contractor, you need to agree to a firm price and get a written proposal before the work starts.
Make sure the proposal provides a detailed scope of work and a contract before proceeding.
Do not pay any money upfront without a signed contract.
If a radon contractor cannot provide you with a firm price to install your mitigation system, it could indicate a lack of experience or skill.
Any experienced company will know how much it will cost to install your radon mitigation system or perform a radon test.
Do You Have Any References?
Any contractor worth your time will be more than happy to provide you with references.
If they try to sidestep you when you ask for references, you should wonder what they're trying to hide.
Past customers can provide you with details of how their experience with the contractor was.
Inquire about cleanliness, quality, punctuality, customer service, and overall satisfaction.
Find out if they ever had any trouble contacting the contractor for service work after the job was completed.
There's no better way than checking references to figure out if they radon mitigation company will be able to complete your job and leave you satisfied.
Ready To Get Started?
If you think your home or business needs to be tested for radon, don't wait any longer.
Every minute you wait is one more minute you could be poisoning yourself with radon gas.
Unfortunately, most people aren't aware they're being poisoned by radon until it's too late, and their doctor is telling them they have lung cancer.
The professionals at Radon Eliminator can get to work right away to get your home tested and free of radon.
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