Radon Causes Lung Cancer & Respiratory Illness
An effective radon mitigation system, installed to meet the Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) Guidelines for mitigation adopted by EPA, will protect your family, especially children, older people, smokers, anyone susceptible to respiratory illness who may be subjected to longterm radon exposure which can result in lung cancer. Radon Testing is the only way to determine your risk whether or not you currently have a radon system. Call us now at 317-252-5295.
In Indiana and much of the U.S., radon systems failing to meet EPA guidelines are frequently installed in order to cut costs. This is an unhealthy practice in current real estate transactions because homeowners unknowingly install ineffective radon mitigation systems, then move into other homes where the same cost-saver has occurred. The cost of medical bills for radon exposure far exceeds the cost-savings of installing low cost systems ($600 -$800) so prevalent in Indiana. Radon reduction is far more important for your family’s health than cutting corners on safety to save a couple of hundred dollars on a radon system.
In 2013, a mother of a new baby, whose home had radon levels of 17 pCi/L–four times greater than 4 pCi/L acceptable by EPA– opted to let her handyman install piping and an exhaust fan. It’s not okay to let yourself be fooled that there’s no real danger with radon or that it’s easy to exhaust radon as though it’s the same as bathroom or oven fumes. Radon must be extracted with high-performance fans designed to depressurize sub-slab.
Radon quotes to meet EPA/State standards should include the following:
Radon fans (which come with 3 or 5-year free replacement warranties), Schedule 40 PVC piping and polyurethane sealant, fan and pipe stacks (mounted on outside of house above rooflines). Fans and conduits wired by a licensed electrician per building codes. In crawl spaces, vapor membranes such as 3-layer Dura-Skrim securely sealed with retarder tape to seals out radon (visqueen is for moisture). On-site radon installer must be personally licensed as a radon mitigator (check State Board of Health ID card) and be willing to test the sub-slab pressure before and after system installation. Request a follow up radon test make sure the system will remain effective long term.
Keeping your family healthy saves money in the long run; a cheap radon system is not worth sacrificing your family’s health. Radon causes more deaths than deaths by drunk drivers, more home-related deaths than all home accidents combined, according to statistics from EPA, the CDC and the Nat’l Academy of Sciences. EPA recommends fixing your home if radon tests show radon levels of 4 pCi/L or higher. With today’s technology, radon levels in most homes can be reduced to 2 pCi/L or below. You may also want to consider reducing radon if a level is between 2 and 4 pCi/L because more radon-related cancer has been documented at lower levels.
- Radon contractors must conduct diagnostics to determine best suction point location and correct pipe and fan sizes.
- Building codes require licensed contractors wire fans and circuit breakers.
- The only way to know a radon system is working is to re-test for radon levels.
- Make sure installation costs include re-testing of radon levels to prove system is working.
- Make sure radon fans are mounted outside and pipe stacks are above roofline.
- Most of the Midwest is Zone 1 (highest) for radon levels.