Radon is a radioactive gas that seeps up through the foundation of a home or building. It can pass through concrete. It can cause Lung Cancer over a prolonged period and has been linked to Leukemia. It cannot be physically sensed. It is colorless and odorless. Only a test can tell you if your levels are elevated.
Testing for Radon is very easy. You can purchase home tests are just about any hardware or home improvement store. Also, Google it, and purchase online. Another way is to hire a professional Certified company to come test for you.
The EPA set guidelines years ago for Radon exposure. For Real Estate transactions a passing test is 3.9 or lower and a fail is 4.0 or higher. For regular home owners the EPA recommends where you sleep to be 2.0 or lower. That is more of a personal choice.
The measurement most widely used is called a Pico Curie. This is named after Madame Curie, who discovered Radon & Radium in the late 19th century. Working with these materials also eventually led to her and her husband’s deaths.
Hire a known certified professional tester. They have gone through proper training and have passed a rigorous test to prove they are knowledgeable. But if you are not in a Realty transaction conducting a home test is very easy.
Yes, there are many approved methods to test. Most common are activated Charcoal and Radon monitors. Just make sure the home Radon test is from an approved lab. And, make sure the monitor used is approved for use and has been calibrated a minimum of once a year. Ask for proof if using a company to test for you.
You should always receive the results first for your home. If using a lab, make sure the test is mailed or emailed to you directly. If a testing company says it must be sent to them first do not use them. If using a monitor, you should be able to see the results before it is unplugged in your home.
Have a certified professional confirm you tested properly. Then have them give you an estimate of what it would cost to fix. Have them come to your home if possible. Make sure they are certified, have proper insurance and can provide references.
Simply to fix a problem. If you test high for Radon you have it mitigated, fixed. You do this by having a Radon system installed.
Yes. The most common methods are to route a system to the outside of the home or through an attached garage. The vent must go above the roof line and be a certain distance off the grade and away from windows.
Yes. There are national standards for mitigation. AARST/ANSI has had standards for some time. A Radon vent pipe must be a minimum of 10 feet above grade, 10 feet away from an opening or 2 feet above it and reach above the roof line. The fan must be in unlivable space. Such as outside the home or in an attic space.
In Wisconsin Radon work is still unregulated, unfortunately. However, because installing a Radon system involves cutting holes in someone’s home, doing electrical work to power the fan and sealing sump pits, state & local codes must still be followed. For instance: cutting the bottom out of a floor joist is a no-no.
Yes, I have been certified to test & mitigate since 2000. All my installers are also nationally certified.
AARST is the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists. The main organization the sets standards for testing Radon and mitigation. I am also the National President of this organization.
ANSI is the American National Standards Institute, the premier organization for national standards.
We use schedule 40 cellular core PVC pipe. Most systems are installed with 3-inch piping. Some homes and commercial buildings require larger piping in 4 and sometimes even 6-inch piping.
I started in July of 2000 out of my home, by myself. We now have two offices: one in Neenah, and another in Menomonee Falls, both with multiple installers. We have installed over 20,000 systems.
Yes. We have a lifetime warranty on all our systems. The fans we use come with a five-year warranty. The Warranties automatically transfer if you sell your home.
Absolutely. In most homes we guarantee Radon levels to be 1.9 or below. On some homes we must guarantee the 3.9 or below. Most homes, however come in under 1 when we are finished. If anyone stands behind their systems, it is us.
Essentially, yes. They all have PVC pipe and a fan. Some systems require different fans though. The fan we use is dependent on how the home was constructed, how large the foundation is, and what is under the foundation.
No. Some homes do not have sump pits. And, even if they do, we normally dry cut through the slab. A sump pit is normally the last place we want to install a system. If you need to get into your pit you have to take apart the system first. And coring through the slab gives you more options on where it can be installed.
Normally yes. If it drafts air after the system is installed it needs to be sealed so the system can work properly and not pull conditioned air out of the home. You only want air pulled from under the foundation/slab. If no drafting is detected there is no need to seal it.
We make our own sump pit lids out of clear Polycarbonate. We cut a hole for the sump pump pipe, a notch for the cord and then slice from the hole to edge. Then we flex open the lid to place around the pipe and cord. This makes it easy to remove if needed.
Unfortunately, no. If drafting is detected the sump pit must be sealed 100% airtight. With a pedestal sump pump, it is impossible to do that. A submersible (motor sits on bottom of pit) type pump needs to be present or we install one in order to seal the pit.
Yes. Some Radon systems only require a small fan because resistance on the piping is very low. If it is high, then a stronger vacuum fan is needed. A larger fan will not get you lower levels. But you need the right vacuum fan to be able to move enough air to do the job right.
Yes, because we must use glue to put the piping together and caulk to seal things there is some off gassing. If someone is sensitive to this, windows can be left open for a day or two after an install. In winter that is not possible. The products we use work well. We can use less off gassing material’s, but they do not work as well, and still create some smell. It normally clears up in a day or two.
We normally budget four hours for most Radon system installs. This is why a site visit is important. Some systems will take longer and might need additional work. Better to know up front than find out once we arrive for the install.
Since I started this business, I have tried to charge everyone the same price based on a few variables.
Most Radon mitigation systems cost $800 - $1400 depending on where you are located and what we have to do to get the system installed properly. To be honest, some system have cost more. But those are the exceptions not the norm.
For Radon Specialists of WI, yes. Radon is all we do. I do have another business though called Compassion Homes. I only build in the Fox Valley area and only a few homes a year. I am a licensed building in WI. I have studied building construction and sciences for 20 years and wanted to put that knowledge to go use in building top quality affordable homes.
This is where I brag on our company a bit. Honestly, I do not think you will find a more dedicated, educated and skilled group of employees who deal with this in Wisconsin, and probably the whole country. I have witnessed systems in many parts of the country as a consultant and trainer. We are saving lives here, and every system must be perfect. And if it doesn’t work at first, we go back until it does.
Absolutely. We are here to help. There probably isn’t a situation we have not dealt with or have knowledge about. Feel free to ask through our contact page or call us direct.