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Army Reserve Radon Systems

This is the Army reserve center in Neenah. Just down the street from our shop/office.

When the Army comes calling, you say “yes sir!”.  We recently had the pleasure of working for the Army and installed five active radon systems at the Army Reserve Center in Neenah. After coring through 3 ft. thick walls my guys were tired. But we finished the job. We are letting the active radon systems work for a few days then performing post mitigation Radon tests to confirm new levels. These pictures just show the dedication and skill that my installers have. I truly believe that we are the best Radon company in the country.

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Remember Why

This time of year it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of activities that happen. Remember to take a break and remember why this season is even here. I personally don’t like all the commercialism/materialism that is promoted. I am fine with giving gifts, but it should be about giving, sharing and families getting together to celebrate the birth of the greatest prophet, and teacher that ever lived. And then by sacrificing himself being placed on the right hand/seat of God. To remember his birth you have to honor his sacrifice.

I also would like to challenge each of you who see’s this to check out Compassion International. It is a great way to share your wealth with a kid who needs help. Once you sponsor you get to write letters, see pictures and watch them grow up. Check them out online. It is well worth it. I visited their headquarters a few years back. They are a great organization.

Also, thank you to all of you who support our business and have used us over the years. We hope there will be many more to come.season

 

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New VP of AARST

I just returned from our industry’s annual Radon symposium in San Diego. Wouldn’t you know it; it hardly ever rains there and 2 of the 4 days we were there it rained. But, great news. Our industry whose main organization is AARST which stands for the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists members voted me in as their next vice president. It is a great honor to work in the Radon industry with all our great members and to represent them. I will now be part of the executive committee and help shape our Radon industry even more for the years to come. My goal is to get all homes tested for Radon and then to get the homes that test high for Radon to have Radon mitigation systems installed. I believe by doing this we can help save lives from needless, preventable cases of Lung Cancer. I am humbled to have this position and hope to bring it honor.

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Newest Member of AARST Board of Directors

Radon Specialists of Wisconsin is proud to announce that Dave is officially a member of the board of directors for the Midwest Chapter of the Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists. AARST is a national organization for Radon professionals with chapters across the U.S. AARST is a think tank and a training organization. Working with the EPA and U.S. Governments, it sets the standards for the Radon industry as far as testing and mitigation.

Dave found out about this honor at the national conference in Charleston, South Carolina earlier this month. Someone nominated him for the position, then all of the national members of AARST voted. A President and Vice President along with the top five candidates were then elected to the board. Being nominated and elected was a very humbling experience for Dave.

As a member of the AARST board of directors, Dave will be attending monthly meetings where up-coming updates and changes will be addressed. The board also discusses implementing any new policies or standards. As a board member, Dave will also be invited to attend semi-annual meetings in Washington DC and the annual floating national conference.

Being a member of the AARST provides many benefits, especially staying up to date on policy changes such as acceptable Radon levels. Dave likes being informed quickly so he can protect his customers from getting a test or system that may not be up to date. Being on the board of directors only amplifies that ability of getting the most current information as quickly as possible.

Over the first few meetings Dave is looking forward to learning the ropes from the more experienced members. But with that being said, he is also excited to give his input on issues and make sure that they are addressed.

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National Radon Symposium

Very excited about this years upcoming Radon symposium in Charleston, South Carolina. This has been a very busy year as we opened our 2nd location in Menomonee Falls WI. It is doing better than I had hoped. This year I will be involved with presenting three different classes at the symposium. Starting my business 15 years ago I am now considered one of the old guys. I am happy to pass on some advice to younger companies, so they can stay on the right path when it comes to Radon. My manager Chris will be helping me to keep everything going smooth while I am away.

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ABC Extreme Makeover Home

A while ago we were asked to help out with the ABC Extreme Makeover Home that was built in Neenah. It turns out the family that was picked for the home attends our church.

It was a great experience. My manager Chris did most of the work, and was there for quite some time. We had to do our work between some other subs so we had to be ready to go as soon as they were done. The home was really built from foundation to roof in one week. We drive by this home every day when we drive our daughter April to middle school. It is a nice home in and out.

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Unbelievable Day

Last Wednesday was an Unbelievable Day. I was asked to go look at a Radon system that was just recently installed. The new owner did not think it looked right. So, I went to take a look. Wow! I could not believe what I saw. This system was installed by a local, “certified” company. They broke about 6 or 7 codes and Radon venting standards. The biggest thing is that the Radon fan was in the basement. When you get certified, this is about the 1st thing you learn not to do. Among other things they did not install fire collars on the pipe in the garage, they used an electrical splitter on the single outlet for the sump pump to also plug in the fan. The flashing was not installed properly. The company then told the customer that it was  a “moisture” system, so they could put the fan where ever they wanted. (even though this was for Realty and the home had tested high for Radon) Best price? Yeah, they got what they paid for. Now the system has to be completely redone. What a great service that company is doing to the public, and they are certified. Wow, what an unbelievable day.

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From Customer “can you match another companies price?”

The answer is, depends. When we give a quote  the price includes installing all the necessary components of a Radon system. One of the biggest things I see being left off Radon systems is Fire Collars. When routing a pipe through a fire wall, such as the wall between the home and garage that is attached you need to install a fire barrier material, wrapped in a metal sleeve. (this could save your home if there were a fire in the garage)  Fire caulk will not collapse a 3″ PVC pipe. So, on a Radon system fire caulk will not be sufficient. If the garage has a finished drywall ceiling, that also may be a firewall, so it too may need a fire collar. The biggest thing that companies are doing out there (not just for Radon) is installing electrical work, without a licensed electrician. It is illegal to install, for hire, any electrical work if you are not licensed. Most municipalities also require a permit, which needs to be acquired by the electrical company. Not using an electrician or getting a permit can save a company $100 to $150 on the cost of installing the system, so they will show a lower cost. Anyone who says you don’t need an electrician for a simple outlet is not being truthful, and is taking a risk if they get caught in paying hundreds of dollars in fines. We will match anyone’s price, but their proposal/system needs to match ours. A wise man once said, “getting the cheapest job done is like getting the cheapest set of tires put on your car. They may be round & black, but you won’t like them once you go down the road.”

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We are an Honest Business

A very disturbing event happened last Sunday. A builder and their Realty agent received emails from a “potential buyer”. They stated that they walked through a home to take a look at it, and that two of my employees were working there. When asking about the builders house, this person claimed that my employees had many negative comments about the builder, and that they should not buy this builders homes because they are poorly built. Obviously the builder and agent were quite upset. Once they contacted me I was upset, because I know my employees would never do something like this. Long story short, the email was sent by a competitor who was caught, posing to be a buyer in an effort to gain this builders business. This just goes to show how cut throat the business climate is getting, and what other companies are willing to do to get business. We would never resort to tactics like this. We run an Honest Business. I am thinking Karma will take care of this.

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