• My Neighbor had a low radon test result, so I am OK, right?
Wrong! Radon levels vary widely from home to home depending on the geology around and beneath the home, and the home’s construction. Also, the neighbor’s house may not have been tested properly.
• If our radon test results indicated that the radon level in our home is below 4 pCi/L, we are safe, right?
Not necessarily. According to experts in the health effects of radon exposure, there really is no safe level of radon exposure. The current benchmark number of 4 pCi/L was chosen by the EPA as a recommended action level because most homes should be able to be mitigated to below 4 pCi/L. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that all homes be mitigated to below 2.7 pCi/L.
• How Long Does It Take to Install a System?
A radon system can usually be installed in less than one day, and often in just a few hours.
• Will the mitigation system use much electricity?
The fans run continuously, and typically use as much electricity as a 60 to 100 watt light bulb would use.
• Are there any other benefits to owning and operating an Active Radon Mitigation System?
Studies have shown that overall indoor air quality can improve when a Sub-slab or Drain-tile depressurization system is installed. This is because pollutants and moisture (humidity) in the soil are captured before they have a chance to enter the home, and are then vented safely outside.
• My new home came with a builder-installed passive radon system, is that good enough?
Frequently the answer to this question is no! In many cases, even a perfectly constructed radon system cannot reduce the radon level sufficiently (below 4 pCi/L ) due the amount of radon being produced in the soil around and under the home. The good news is that it is fairly simple to add a fan in the attic of the home to activate the system, and ensure that the radon levels are below 4 pCi/L, and that the piping is already in place, usually hidden in the walls and the attic.